A Psychological Interpretation of the Administration Science: the Reform of the Representations

Gabriela GOUDENHOOFT

Abstract


This article is a preamble to a future study ofthe social representations of the administration,which is at the moment in project phase.We started with the idea that each doctrine orpolicy is based on a certain image of the reality,none other than the collective or individualrepresentation of the problem and the publicpolicies aim also towards the modifications of thesocial representations.We analyzed a series of characteristicsof the representations and we arrived at somehypotheses that might prove valuable both in thestudy of the administrative law and the makingof the public policies: Individual representations,based on the collective ones, have the tendencyto increase the positive aspect once the subjectbecomes from beneficiary of the administrativeservices, an active actor; the representationsfrom the private administration area are lessaffected by preconceptions than the ones fromthe public area especially due to the idea ofprofit; the representations of the administrationand beaurocracy are generally negative and arecharacterized by elasticity and recurrence, if theyare not continuously sustained.Reform measures taken in Romania in orderto adapt to the European standards operatefirst and foremost at language level, this beingalso a manipulation form due to the fact that therepresentations are characterized by recurrence.


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