Report "Examples of civic involvement in the municipalities of Latvia" 


The purpose of the report is to identify the most commonly used forms of civic involvement in the municipalities of Latvia, which the municipality and/or the residents have found to be successful and which could encourage both the municipalities and the local communities to seek successful ways for cooperation and involvement in their territories. Read


The EU New Member States as Agenda Setters in the Enlarged European Union. Country report. Latvia 

Author:Dace Akule

Full text of the study is available (here pdf)



Corruption °C. Report on Corruption and Anticorruption Policy in Latvia. 2008. Second semiannum 


Year: 2009
Editor: Valts Kalnins
Authors: Valts Kalnins, Linda Austere, Goran Klemencic
Financedy by: European Commission
Language:  Latvian, English


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A Matter of Trust 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

Trust is much easier to undermine that it is to create, and, in general, we are much better off in a society where we are able to trust one another than in one in which we are not. 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