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Book Publication: Is Europe Facing a Democracy Crisis? 

Author:Rasmuss Filips Geks

The European Union has a democracy problem. The polycrisis that has plagued the EU for years has led to a cacophony of voices calling for fundamental change to the integration project. Yet despite the shock of the Brexit referendum and the electoral upsets caused by nativist parties across the continent, few of the plans for EU reform include concrete proposals to address the perennial democratic deficit. Read

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Institutional mechanisms for promotion of accountable policy-making in Latvia: Evaluation of the Constitutional reform proposals from the perspective of political science 

Author:Janis Ikstens

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The main emphasis of this research report is on the proposals to introduce direct elections fo the president and to switch to the mixed Parliamentary election system, as well as on analysis of the potential impact and effectiveness of such innovations.
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Latvia’s sovereignty and the superpowers  

Author:Providus

The fragmentation of the international environment is not favorable for small countries, and Latvia can avoid negative consequences only by becoming more closely integrated into regional structures. That will mean giving up some elements of sovereignty. For a small country, absolute sovereignty is an illusion anyway. Read

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Young people in politics - a new kind of politics? 

Author:Zinta Miezaine

Discussions among politically active young people do not engender optimism. Representatives of youth organizations of political parties can easily live with the two-faced nature of politics. Only a few have become involved in the organizations in the interests of society, not because of their own interests. Those who are not involved in politics have no desire to join in the process. There are too few “positive heroes” in the ranks of politicians. Read

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The Driving Force Behind Society 

Author:Providus

Donations from private individuals come from the heart - for the most part, people donate because of a desire to do good or because of a feeling of guilt. Read

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Whiners make poor supervisers 

Author:Providus

Instead of whining about the idea that “this won’t accomplish anything”, public support must help to ensure that something is accomplished after all. If you don’t like Delna, then set up other structures to investigate the black treasuries of political parties! Read

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Transparency in the financing of political parties 

Author:Aivita Putnina, Vita Terauda, Inese Voika

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The main objective of the project executed in the time period from 1 February to 1 July was measurement of the funding spent during a pre-election campaign. The project was aimed at drawing attention to the possibilities of public control and achieving a greater transparency in the flows of political party financing. The study presents the gathered data and the process of project implementation, and includes recommendations as to how to improve transparency in the financing of political parties and public trust in Latvia.
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Activities of broadcasting channels during the municipal elections of 11 March 2001 

Author:A.Runcis, A.Balode, O.Balodis, T.Bogusevica, A.Burciks, J.Dubrovskis, R.Konovalenko, J.Radus, J.Upmalis

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The subject of the research was the monitoring and evaluation of the programmes of various TV channels with respect to the amount of pre-election agitation, its objectivity and aptness.
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Monitoring of hidden advertising on Latvian TV channels 1

Author:Richard Baerug, Aigars Vitols, Kristine Senberga, Anna Pozogina, Sandra Martinsone, Andrejs Hans, Maris Berzins, Karlina Bakule

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The research was carried out within the framework of the "Transparency in the financing of political parties” project implemented by Transparency International Latvia "Delna" and the Soros Foundation.
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Monitoring of hidden advertising in the press 1

Author:Nellija Locmele

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The research was carried out within the framework of the "Transparency in the financing of political parties” project implemented by Transparency International Latvia "Delna" and the Soros Foundation.
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New political parties: misery of the glitter 1

Author:Providus

Since 1993, before every Saeima (Parliament) election, we have seen the emergence of various projects which propose to save society. These are projects of various levels of quality and believability, but they are almost equal in terms of their critical approach toward the situation in Latvia and in terms of the promises which they make about the future. The “Repse party” is quite recognizable against this background. Read