Examining Public Policy in Romania: Is it Transparent and Legitimated
In the last decades, in the context of many economic and financial crisis, the policy-making became the heart of
government. In Romania, they represents the main instruments for solving the citizens’ problem: health care, education, the
environment, and the mechanisms by which public money is budgeted.
Therefore, this paper analyses the transparency and consultation in policy-making process from the view of different policymaking
stages. The paper discusses the different mechanism and procedure designed and applied by Romanian government
in policy-making process. Finally, it describes possible links between policy-making capacity and indicators for
transparency, starting from Joseph Stiglitz assertion on the adverse effects of secrecy in government policy-making, “with
more mistakes, public officials become more defensive; to protect themselves, they seek even more secrecy, narrowing in the
circle still further, eroding still further the quality of decision-making”.
Keywords— Policy-Making, Public Consultation, Transparency, Financial Crisis.