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21 Croat. & Comp. Pub. Admin. 5 (2021)

handle is hein.journals/hkju21 and id is 1 raw text is: Foreword
UDK     35.07(497.5)(042.3)
The first issue of the Croatian and Comparative Public Administration in
2021 contains six interesting scientific papers dealing with topical themes.
The first paper co-authored by Onur Kulag, Lucie Sobotkova and Martin
Sobotka analyses the interest of students in public administration educa-
tion in the Czech Republic. Their analysis is based on a statistical evalu-
ation of students' interest in a span of 16 years. They put in focus public
administration education at the University of Pardubice and compare its
success with the results elsewhere in the Czech Republic. In conclusion,
they plea for a more consistent supervision from the state and for greater
understanding of part-time students' professional and family life during
the study.
Mirko Pecaric speculates about the public officials' discretion, trying to
find a way how to narrow their space for developing informal power. He
refers to personal elements involved in the legal decision-making con- z
nected with differences in personal backgrounds, cognitive capabilities or
emotional variances, i.e. pre-existing preferences of public officials. By us-
ing the Bayes' theorem, public officials can be guided to decide similarly z
in similar matters. It is important for achieving equality and equity that o
they make their subjective preferences known to others.
Petra Durman explores the Croatian system of e-consultations taking into
account the characteristics of public organisations that offer their legisla-
tive drafts to e-consultations, population characteristics of actors giving <
the comments, the quality of comments to the drafts, and the responsive- 2
ness rate. She concludes that the legal framework is more or less appropri- o
ate but certain implementation problems are still present in the Croatian o
e-consultation practice.
Gordana Berc, Danijel Baturina and Marijana Majdak present the re- <
sults of their qualitative research of the City of Zagreb's young population 0
who are not in employment, education and training (NEETs). The basic 3

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