The Social Sciences Division of the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) invites you this Friday to a public seminar aiming to discuss the relation between street-level bureaucrats and homeless with our fellow, Dr. Andrei Vlăducu.
Nowadays, in Romania there are approximately 1.2 million persons employed in the state bureaucracy. They represent 26% of the employed population, a situation which practically transform the state in the biggest employer in the country. Bureaucracy is a social sphere with its own principles of organization such as division of labor, hierarchy, rationality, impartiality, objectivity, predictability or a personal ethos. An important component of the bureaucratic system is the army of public service workers who interact directly with citizens in the course of their job, and who have substantial discretion in carrying out their work, known as street-level bureaucrats. They represent an important instrument through which states are trying to transform society into legible units. The legibility process is one of the major characteristics of modern states, trying to identify, observe, count, aggregate and monitor the units of interests, whether we are talking about lands, pastures, humans or mapping cities, in order to better tax and control his territory. Because homeless are poor and are living in social-deprivation, they represent a perfect example of a social category which is dependent on several street-level bureaucrats, being directly affected by the discretion with which they are treated. An important question is how street-level bureaucrats from DGASPC exercise discretion in relation with homeless and how are they negotiating the interaction between their clients and other bureaucratic institutions such as police and medical care who intervene in their social reintegration? Another set of good questions is how they manage to deal with the policy-practical dilemma, in conditions of scarce resources, when dealing with homeless and how the state is trying to transform this persons into legible units?
The event will take place on Friday the 28th, October 2016 at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance (Panduri Campus, Șos. Panduri no. 90), Room 102 starting at 15:00.
Andrei Vlăducu is a political scientist, specialized in choice architecture, behavioral economics and voting rules. In July 2015, he graduated with a PhD from National School of Political Science and Public Administration, entitled “Three Social Choice Rules. An Experimental Approach”. Currently he is an associated professor at Faculty of Political Science (NSPSPA) where he teaches a course about Experiments in Political Sciences and at the Behavioral Economics MA (Department of Economic and Administration Sciences, University of Bucharest) where he teaches a course of Experimental Economics.