The efficiency of tools for social interaction between public authorities and civil society

Keywords: civil society, government bodies, information, social partnership, legislative initiative, governance.

Abstract

The aim of the article is to assess the effectiveness of the current tools for interaction between public authorities and civil society in Ukraine. A distinctive feature of this study is the use of the content analysis to study the content of consultations of central government bodies with the public, discussions of draft laws, decrees, resolutions, orders, petitions of citizens, as well as recommendations of expert opinions and proposals of public councils and measures for their implementation. The analysis allowed identifying significant shortcomings in organizing work to establish cooperation between central government bodies and the public. These shortcomings involve the dominance of a purely statistical approach to analyzing the petitions of citizens, neglect of public consultations, disregard for the proposals of public expert committees, and a formal approach to the activities of public councils at the ministries. The decreasing effectiveness of interaction between public authorities and civil society in Ukraine is noted, which is caused by the bureaucratization of this process on the one hand, and by the lack of citizens’ skills to defend their position in the legitimate field of social and political relations, on the other hand.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

Olha V. Tikhonova, M. P. Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Postgraduate student, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Law, M. P. Drahomanov National Pedagogical University, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Andrii H. Holdovskyi, Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Postgraduate student, Department of Public Policy, Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service, Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Oksana B. Bratasyuk, West Ukrainian National University, Ternopil, Ukraine.

PhD in Law, Head of Department of Constitutional, Administrative and Financial Law, West Ukrainian National University, Ternopil, Ukraine.

Natalia S. Chornohor, Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Рostgraduate student, Lecturer, Department of Fundamental and Legal Sciences, Faculty № 6, Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Nadiia A. Herbut, Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine.

PhD in Political Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Political Sciences and Law, Faculty of Urban and Spatial Planning, Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Nataliia K. Serohina, Dnipro University of Technology, Dnipro, Ukraine.

PhD in Public Administration, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Educational and Scientific Institute of Public Administration, Dnipro University of Technology, Dnipro, Ukraine.

References

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. (n. d.). Consideration of citizens' appeals: reports. Retrieved from https://www.kmu.gov.ua/gromadskosti/zvernennya-gromadyan/rozglyad-zvernen-gromadyan-zviti

Checkoway, B., & Aldana, A. (2013). Four forms of youth civic engagement for diverse democracy. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(11), 1894-1899. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.09.005

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. (2017). Guide principles for civil participation in the political decision-making process (approved by the Committee of Ministries on 27 September 2017). Retrieved from https://rm.coe.int/guidelines-for-civil-participation-in-political-decision-making-en/16807626cf

Council of Europe (2019). Code of good practice for civil participation in the decision-making process (revised). Approved by the Standing Committee on 24 June 2019 for adoption by the conference of INGOS on 30 october 2019. Retrieved from https://www.kmu.gov.ua/storage/app/sites/1/17-civik-2018/rubrik_rekomehdation/code-of-good-practice-301019-en.pdf

Dahl, R. A. (2017). Democracy. Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/democracy

Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 149 of February 24, 2021 on the implementation of the Open Government Partnership Initiative in Ukraine in years 2021-2022 (Last modified 23 December 2021). Retrieved from https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/149-2021-%D1%80#Text

Decree of the President of Ukraine № 68/2016 of February 26, 2016 ‘On the National Strategy for Promoting the Development of Civil Society in Ukraine’ (Last modified 26 February 2016). Retrieved from https://www.president.gov.ua/documents/682016-19805

Delli, M. (2009). Civic engagement. American Psychological Association. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/education-career/undergrad/civic-engagement

Fowler, A., & Biekart, K. (2013). Relocating civil society in a politics of civic-driven change. Development Policy Review, 31(41), 463–483. https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12015

Kövér, Á. (2021). The relationship between government and civil society in the era of COVID-19. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 12(1), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1515/npf-2021-0007

Linder, R. & Aichhozer, G. (2019). E-democracy: conceptual foundations and recent trends. In E. Hennen et al. (Eds.), European e-democracy in practice (pp. 11- 45). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27184-8_2

Loada, A., & Moderan, O. (2015). Civil society involvement in security sector reform and governance. In O. Moderan (Ed.), Toolkit for security sector reform and governance in West Africa. Geneva, Switzerland: DCAF. Retrieved from https://issat.dcaf.ch/download/104807/1875874/SSRG-West-Africa-Toolkit-Tool-6-EN.pdf

Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. (n. d./a). Electronic consultations. Retrieved from https://www.mil.gov.ua/diyalnist/zvyazki-z-gromadskistyu/gromadska-rada/konsultaczii/

Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. (n. d./b). Reports. Retrieved from https://www.mil.gov.ua/zvernennya-gromadyan/pub-reports/

Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2018). Civil expertise. Retrieved from https://mon.gov.ua/ua/ministerstvo/gromadskosti/konsultaciyi-z-gromadskistyu/gromadska-ekspertiza

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. (2019a). Consultations with public. Retrieved from https://mfa.gov.ua/gromadskosti/konsultaciyi-z-gromadskistyu

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. (2019b). Expert recommendations. Retrieved from https://mfa.gov.ua/gromadskosti/gromadska-rada-pri-mzs-ukrayini/gromadskij-kontrol/ekspertni-rekomendaciyi

Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine. (n. d.). Citizens’ appeals. Retrieved from https://moz.gov.ua/zvernennja-dlja-gromadjan

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. (2021), Electronic consultations with public. Retrieved from https://mvs.gov.ua/uk/for_citizens/work-with-citizens/elektronni-konsultaciyi-z-gromadskistyu

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. (n. d.). For the public. Retrieved from https://minjust.gov.ua/ndd/communication/for_the_public

Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. (2021). Public Council. Retrieved from https://www.msp.gov.ua/timeline/Gromadska-rada.html

Office of the President of Ukraine. (n. d.). The state of processing of citizens' appeals. Retrieved from https://www.president.gov.ua/appeals/requests-state

Puljek-Shank, R. (2018). Civic agency in governance: the role of legitimacy with citizens vs. donors. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 29, 870–883. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-018-0020-0.

Van Dijk, J.A.G.M., & Hacker, K. L. (Eds.). (2018). Internet and democracy in the network society. New York, NY: Routledge.

Vandyck, C. K. (2018). Opening up civic space through effective civil society and government cooperation. CSIS. Retrieved from https://www.csis.org/blogs/international-consortium-closing-civic-space/opening-civic-space-through-effective-civil

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (n. d.). Reports on citizens' appeals. Retrieved from http://vzvernen.rada.gov.ua/documents/ast_v/zv_zvernen_hr

Yarema, O. (2021). Interaction with civil society is a priority for the Government. Official website of Ukraine. Retrieved from https://www.kmu.gov.ua/news/oleksandr-yarema-vzayemodiya-z-gromadyanskim-suspilstvom-ye-prioritetom-dlya--uryadu?V=60a7591dc3b7b
Published
2022-04-20
How to Cite
Tikhonova, O. V., Holdovskyi, A. H., Bratasyuk, O. B., Chornohor, N. S., Herbut, N. A., & Serohina, N. K. (2022). The efficiency of tools for social interaction between public authorities and civil society. Amazonia Investiga, 11(51), 161-170. https://doi.org/10.34069/AI/2022.51.03.15
Section
Articles