Dilemmas of the intermediate level of the administration

Author:Valentina Cornea
Position:Senior Lecturer, PhD, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania
ISSN: 2067 9211 Miscellaneous
Dilemmas of the Intermediate
Level of the Administration
Valentina Cornea1
Abstract: The administration and the authority of the intermediate level are organized very different. The
invoked reasons for creating this level are varied: for a better democracy, efficiency, effective, decentralization
etc. But there are points of view which associate, especially the third intermediate level with bureaucracy
amplification, corruption increasing, a bad management of the new structures created, the overlapping of the
responsibilities in some technical, legislative or financial fields. The study systematized these points of view,
as well as the initiated changes by the European Union on the organizational and structural aspects of the
intermediate level.
Keywords: intermediate level; democracy; efficiency; effective; decentralization; management;
1. Introduction
Without claiming to present exhaustively, several reasons make the administrative levels issue so
susceptible of an obvious academic interest:
1. The administrative levels are determined by phenomena “it can be hardly stopped (globalization)”,
their functional organizations proved the essential economic and cultural integration in the international
2. There is a need for effective relay between local and global, avoiding downtime generated by the
central bureaucracy (Groza, 2002, p. 338).
3. A backdrop of political and emotional, which feeds the idea of reform, rebalance of territorial systems;
4. Today, contrary to any constitutional rule which requires a permanent power, the administration is a
force (Tofan, 2008, p. 128), (Alexandru, 2005)
2. What is Meant by Spatial Level of Decision and Administrative Action?
With the exception of the smallest states, consisting of a single human settlement, whose area does not
exceed several square kilometers (Vatican, Monaco) each state has several human settlements which are
the focus of polarization for surrounding rural areas. Thus the convergence centers of flows appear
corresponding to the human settlements and areas of divergence (peripheral) which correspond to the
areas of discontinuity. They make the state territory more or less homogenous in terms of natural and
1Senior Lecturer, PhD, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania, Address: 111 Domneasca Street, Galati, Romania, Tel.:
+40.336.130.165, fax: +40.236.493.370, Corresponding author: valentina.cornea@ugal.ro.

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