issue6, July 2007

Christoph Demmke has written a really worth-to-read book entitled: “Are Civil Servants Different Because They Are Civil Servants?” There, and amongst many other important questions and highly exciting and controversial matters, Demmke writes:

“… [P]erceptions and stereotypes differ from job to job: ‘At one moment public employees are praised for helping the less fortunate, protecting society, or participating in grand projects designed to enhance the well being of all members of society‘. On the other hand, public servants are accused of being more motivated by power and are lazy, corrupt and egoistic.

In fact there are now as many different categories of public employees as there are Member States senior civil servants differ very little from senior managers in private companies […] (The emphasis is mine…)

Perhaps one good reason for broadening the adoption of e-services in the public sector in Europe is in order to increase the difficulty or even eliminate the human-to-human interaction. >>

Adamantios Koumpis
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The Role of Participatory Evaluation in the Assessment of Public Administration Performance
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Who reads Althusser today …
The Role of Participatory Evaluation in the Assessment of Public Administration Performance
Francesco, besides being the co-editor of Ariadne is also a PhD Scholar in “Public Administration Economy and Regulated Sectors Management” at the University of Siena, Department of Business and Social Studies. Below you can read his thoughts on …

  • What to measure >>

  • Why to measure >>

  • How to measure >>

  • A novel Approach to Participatory Evaluation >>

  • Conclusions >>


Keep fit for success! IST-Bonus project has prepared a training guide with advice on research strategy and guidance on project management.

You can access the project’s web site for getting more information on other useful material produced by the project or download the training guide from here.
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Who reads Althusser today …

It is a pity that a growing majority of students, academics and researchers limits its pool of accessed knowledge and information only to a strictly controlled and highly reduced set of sources – most of which come from their own technical ‘body of knowledge’.

It is not strange that in the past I had the most interesting technical discussions with someone whose first degree is in Political Sciences. With engineers, the poverty of paradigms and reference points is tremendous. (And the worst: they don’t have an idea of this shortcoming!)

Althusser defined a practice as any process of transformation of a determinate product, affected by a determinate human labour, using determinate means (of production). Nowadays that we talk a lot about practices on the Net, in services or e-services, it is tragically timely how much we lack on intellectuals that will be able to transform and process technology problems into societal or political ones and vice versa.

There is no depth in the analyses I am reading: they all look like business plans for mentally less favoured individuals – it is a pity how this reality depicts a Zeitgeist of suboptimal performance in most aspects of our life.

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