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Democratization: The Development of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) in Central and Eastern Europe

PAM, Vol. 8 No. 3, (2003)

This paper examines the impacts of public policy on
organizational behavior in relationship to the process of
democratization and the development of nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) in post-communist Central and Eastern
European countries. The public policies and public management style
in these countries under communist rule differed greatly from those
associated with democratic societies. Under communism, public
policies were geared toward making the individual totally dependent
on the state. These policies must now be replaced with policies that
support democratic values. This study finds, that the democratization
of post-communist Central and Eastern European countries can best
be achieved through the development of a political climate conducive
to private initiative and to the growth and development of NGOs.

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