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Albana Rexha and Blerim Reka
 
 
 
Albana Rexha is a PhD candidate at the South East European University in North Macedonia and has been a visiting PhD researcher at the Central European University in Hungary (2017-2018) and at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Germany (2019). She is a senior research fellow at the Group for Legal and Political Studies, based in Kosovo. She has been a member of various research groups in Kosovo and Western Balkans. She has gained the BA degree from the American University in Kosovo and the MA from the Central European University in Hungary. Albana has been awarded Civil Society Scholar Award by Open Society Foundations, DAAD PhD short term research grant, CEU Fellowship, AUK excellence scholarship, IPKO foundation scholar, amongst others.

Blerim Reka is a full time professor at the South East European University in North Macedonia. He is an expert of the Geopolitical Information Service (G.I.S) and serves as a board member in various academic and expert committees. He holds a doctorate in International Public Law, (University of Pristina - University of GRAZ, 2002); MLL, Civil and Economic Law, (University of Pristina, 1994) and a BA LAW (1982). He was Fulbright senior fellow in international law at Law School in the University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles, International Governance with Post-Conflict Societies, Spring Semester 2003 and at the Harvard Executive Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Ash Institute, Innovations in Governance (2005). Mr. Reka is the author of 19 books in these fields.
 
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 5, No. 3 | January 2020
 
 
 
THE PROSPECT OF JOINING THE EU AND CIVIL SERVICE REFORM IN THE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA
Albana Rexha and Blerim Reka
 
 
 
 
Abstract
 
The Republic of North Macedonia, a candidate country in the EU, is continuously subject to conditionality in relation to establishing a professional and effective public administration from the EU institutions and from the civil society. This paper employs the qualitative methodology of process tracing to find out whether the EU conditionality has managed to establish a merit-based civil service. The data are gathered and analyzed for a period of ten years while analyzing the legal and institutional structure of the civil service. The findings identify the factors that hampered or prolonged the implementation of reforms and they offer insights on the conditions necessary for the civil service reforms to take place.
 
 
Keywords
 
EU Conditionality; Public Administration; Civil Service; North Macedonia
 
 
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