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

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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

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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

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Dangerous liaisons 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

De jure, we have embraced the Western tradition, which sees the state manily as a service provider, but de facto our minds are still loyal to the concept of the state conceived by Lenin, the state designed to enslave and exploit the individuals. Read

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The School: A Perfect Place for Brainwashing? 

Author:Marija Golubeva

If our schools functioned as little democracies empowering the individuals who study there and giving them a sense of equality and security there would be no need for spoon-feeding students with dogma. Read

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Futureproofing Europe 1

Author:Rita Ruduša

Today, many people use money they do not have to buy things they do not need to impress people they do not like. That, in brief, is the current consumption pattern. Read

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Jaunais Laiks: On the abyss? 

Author:Daunis Auers

Because Jaunais Laiks appears to be incapable of developing any discernible economic, social or foreign policies, it may be time for the party to return to basics and focus on Einars Repse and his almost messianic mission to fight graft. Read

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Taking Workplace Democracy Seriously 


It is now time to consider seriously the extension of democracy beyond state institutions. And this implies at the very least a careful examination of whether disenfranchised groups in firms, churches or political parties have not been excluded for reasons that are totally inconclusive. Read


The Effect of Fears of Immigrants on The Decision Making in Latvia: a Boost or an Obstacle to Development? 

Author:Dace Akule

Emigration and immigration in Latvia; Latvia’s migration policy; integration of migrants.