New issue of the "Croatian and Comparative Public Administration" – September 2012

Dear readers and followers, the number 3/2012 of the journal Croatian and Comparative Public Administration has just been issued.

The papers published in this issue of the journal deal with the status of the capital cities in some European countries, two papers deal with the local self-government in Slovenia and two papers explain the process of decentralization in Serbia. Three papers are devoted to local self-government in Croatia and one paper deals with the question of environmental governance.

This issue of the journal contains ten scientific papers and one professional paper. Five scientific papers are published in English, four in Croatian and one in Serbian, while the professional paper is published in Croatian.

Professor Carla Amado Gomes has devoted her paper to the problem of metropolitan areas in Portugal, precisely to the organization of metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto and their collaboration with other units. Professor Stane Vlaj gave an inside into the system of local self-government in Slovenia with a special emphasis on the status and organization of Ljubljana as a capital city. Professor Anca Rodica Staiculescu showed the position of Bucharest in Romanian system of local self-government. Two papers deal with the topic of local self-government in Slovenia: Primož Pevcin, PhD, has approached to this topic from an economic perspective investigating the relationship between the size of local units and their expenditures, while Miloš Senčur, PhD, devoted his paper to the twentieth anniversary of incorporation of local self-government into Slovenian Constitution. Professor Bogoljub Milosavljević explained the process of the reform of local self-government in Serbia from 200o until the autumn on 2011, while Veran Stančetić, PhD, deals with the incentives and obstacles for the decentralization process in Serbia. Three papers are devoted to local self-government in Croatia. Vojko Rešetar, MSc, deals with theoretical approach to the sub-municipal government; Mateja Crnković deals with the dissolution of local councils, in Croatia as well as in other European countries while Josip Jambrač devoted his paper to the fiscal capacity of municipalities at the hills and mountain area. The last paper, written by Anica Drmić, MSc, deals with the topic of environmental governance, precisely with the principles of waste management and their importance.

Besides scientific and professional papers, this issue of the journal contains also two book reviews. The first book review is written by Professor Stjepan Ivanišević and it is the review of the book «European Administrative Space» (authors: professor Ivan Koprić, Anamarija Musa, PhD and Goranka Lalić Novak, PhD). Anamarija Musa, PhD wrote the second review and it is the review of the book Comparative Administrative Change and Reform: Lessons Learned (Jon Pierre, Patricia W. Ingraham, eds.)

The section of Court and administrative practices is particularly detailed: it contains the decisions by the European Court of Human Rights, The Constitutional Court of Republic of Croatia, the High Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatian, the Administrative Court in Rijeka and Split and the decisions by the Civil Service Commission of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Finances of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport, and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia. 

After five news and information from various conferences, round tables and lectures, this issue of the journal concludes with the topical issue written by Vanja Škorić dealing with the right to public sector information.