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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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Devil in the detail of government restructuring plan 

Author:Iveta Kažoka

If implemented, the new government restructuring plan could significantly reduce transparency and civic participation in government decision-making. Read

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Say ‘sorry’, dear bureaucrat 

Author:Iveta Reinholde

I believe that in order to consolidate society it is crucially important for the public administration to admit its mistakes and to state its willingness to reduce the impact of these mistakes. Read

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Access to public information and the new EU member states 

Author:Linda Austere, Radomir Spok et al

Access to public information and the new EU member states Read

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“Nothing Special”: The Economic Crisis in Latvia 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

A prudent government would have kept a cap on its spending and invested into reserves in order to cushion the inevitable heavy blow that would follow the 'credit orgy'. The Latvian government did none of it Read

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Freedom(less) Island 

Author:Viktors Makarovs

What the Cuban government is worried about is human rights activists who might grab their mass appeal. But in the end of the day, the civil society has been growing in Cuba, first of all, due to the courage, and second, thanks to the support it has been receiving. Read


Learning to welcome: The integration of immigrants in Latvia and Poland 


Year: 2008
Editor: Dace Akule
Financed by: European Commission, The Society Integration Fund of Latvia and the Soros Foundation Latvia
Language: English and Latvian (bilingual)

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Subversion of Democracy? 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

There is convincing evidence that political connections are pervasive in Latvia and that they provide benefits to the connected firms. This implies that the risk that our democracy is a mere 'façade' is too high to be ignored. Read

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Speaking for the Voiceless 


On top of being a good futurologist, the ombudsman for future generations will also have to specify what the future generations would be entitled to expect from us. Read

Article research

Political Connections and Firm Performance: The Latvian Way 

Author:Vyacheslav Dombrovsky

This paper examines the effect of political connections on firm performance. I draw on the universe of all registered firms in Latvia to construct a unique dataset of firms connected to politicians in 1996 to 2005, and firms that contributed in the 2002 elections. Read

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Don't go dirty, don't go nuclear  

Author:Rita Ruduša

Energy companies are not denying that there is a climate change, but they are in denial over their own role in it. What we need is a paradigm shift. Read