Publications of Roxana Radu

Radu R. The monopoly of violence in the cyber space: challenges of cyber security. In: Fels E, Kremer J-F, Harmat K, editors. Power in the 21st Century? International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World. Springer; 2012.
Radu R. The monopoly of violence in the cyber space: challenges of cyber security. In: Fels E, Kremer J-F, Harmat K, editors. Power in the 21st Century? International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World,. Vol 137-150. Springer; 2012. p. 137-50. (Global Power Shifts; vol 137-150).
Radu R. From Drift to Draft: International Institutional Responses to the Global Digital Divide. In: Pande R, van der Weide T, editors. Globalization, Technology Diffusion and Gender Disparity: Social Impacts of ICTs. Hershey, PA: IGI Global; 2012. p. 83-94.

Some histories stay secret, but not entirely silent: dealing with the communist past in Central and Eastern Europe

From 2004 onwards, a second wave of lustration proposals emerged throughout Central and Eastern Europe, at a time when EU accession already started. Among the post-communist states, Poland, already an EU member state, extended the purpose of its previous lustration law in 2006. The same year marked the heated debate over the drafting of a lustration law in Romania, where previous proposals on this issue were not validated by the Parliament. Sixteen years after the regime change in these countries, the assessment of the formal mechanisms to deal with the past permeated the public agenda in an attempt to answer the question of how much of the documented illegal activities committed during communism remained secret and purposefully uncovered. In this article, I scrutinize the lustration processes and debates up to 2008 in two countries from the region. Based on that evidence, I argue that the salience of the transitional justice controversies during the second wave of lustration proposals plays a symbolic function, rather than pursuing a consistent policy endeavor.

Citizen empowerment and e-government application: differences in 27 EU countries

E-government has added to the transformation of the public sector worldwide. It has complemented the reforms in the public administration, as well as the necessity for public consultation in policy-making at the beginning of the 21st century. The present study offers both an analytical framework of and empirical evidence on the key aspects of online engagement initiatives in the countries of the European Union. It focuses on top-down opportunities of online civic participation through the ministerial websites of education in the EU27 by providing a classificatory typology meant to assess the development of e-government in connection with initiatives for public engagement, based on two dimensions: interactivity and public outreach. The findings of this research, conducted in May 2009, point towards a trend of increased access to information in education-related policymaking, with 93% of the cases scoring high on this aspect. However, only 32% of the websites analyzed proved successful on the public outreach dimension. A comparison between Western and Eastern Europe e-government web-based applications reveals slightly lower standards for the post-communist countries, with the potential of fast modernization.

Citizen empowerment and e-goverment application: differences in 27 EU countries

E-government has added to the transformation of the public sector worldwide. It has complemented the reforms in the public administration, as well as the necessity for public consultation in policy-making at the beginning of the 21st century. The present study offers both an analytical framework of and empirical evidence on the key aspects of online engagement initiatives in the countries of the European Union. It focuses on top-down opportunities of online civic participation through the ministerial websites of education in the EU27 by providing a classificatory typology meant to assess the development of e-government in connection with initiatives for public engagement, based on two dimensions: interactivity and public outreach. The findings of this research, conducted in May 2009, point towards a trend of increased access to information in education-related policymaking, with 93% of the cases scoring high on this aspect. However, only 32% of the websites analyzed proved successful on the public outreach dimension. A comparison between Western and Eastern Europe e-government web-based applications reveals slightly lower standards for the post-communist countries, with the potential of fast modernization.