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Balancing priorities: Latvia’s agriculture and rural development in a European Union context 

Author:Providus

Year: 2003
Financed by:  The Soros Foundation-Latvia; Open Society Institute Justice Initiative Program; JI; Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative; LGI
The study has been prepared as part of PROVIDUS Public Policy Fellowship Program
Language:  English, Latvian

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I’m Not Interested in Difficulties, I’m Interested in Results 

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It was always my recommendation that the BPCC’s director must be an expatriate - not just the director, but also the senior managers. This director should lead the bureau for at least the first 3 years in order to train the personnel. Read

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Many believe corruption saved Russia 

Author:Providus

Bureaucrats in Russia see the opportunities of the market economy: opportunities of regulation, influence and corruption. This corruption involves a very strange phenomenon - it is not a problem of state-capture, but of business-capture, where the state is capturing business. Read

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Party Finance: Latvian Experience in a Global Context 

Author:Janis Ikstens, Daniel Smilov, Marcin Walecki, Visvaldis Valtenbergs, Lolita Cigane

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The Baltic Institute of Social Sciences has published the collection of articles “Party Finance: Latvian Experience in a Global Context,” edited by Janis Ikstens. This collection analyses the evolution of party financing from several angles, giving special attention to the situation in Latvia.
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Positions Regarding the Election Campaigns of Political Parties and their Financing 

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70 percent of Latvian citizens are of the opinion that it is necessary to pass laws that would regulate political parties’ pre-election campaign financing; only 15 percent of Latvian citizens think that political advertisements as a whole generate accurate impressions of the political parties being advertised.
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The Quality of Latvian Court Judgements 

Author:Providus

Year: 2003
Financed by:  The Soros Foundation-Latvia; Open Society Institute Justice Initiative Program; JI; Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative; LGI
The study has been prepared as part of PROVIDUS Public Policy Fellowship Program
Language:  English, Latvian

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Protecting Minorities in Europe. A Briefing Paper: From Analysis to Action 

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This study by Minority Rights Group International analyses the observance of the civil rights of minorities in Europe (Central and Eastern Europe in particular), and assesses the possibility of ratifying the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and developing a monitoring system for it.
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The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. A Policy Analysis 

Author:Alan Phillips

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This study by Minority Rights Group International is a broad and detailed analysis of the norms, supervisory mechanism, the past achievements of and future possibilities for the Council of Europe’s “Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.”
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Women in Entrepreneurship and High-Level Management in Latvia: Obstacles and Solutions 

Author:Liga Abramovica, Lina Abola

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The study researches the participation of women in entrepreneurship and high-level management in Latvia, identifies problems in the inequality of rights for women, and determines the obstacles to the development of equal rights. The study is based upon statistics and the opinions of women involved in business and interviewed or surveyed by the study’s authors. The authors conclude that the fact that women have unequal rights in the business world is taken for granted, therefore a realisation of the problem is an essential step towards a solution. In researching possible solutions, the authors introduce the case of Sweden, as well as information gathered about past initiatives to solve the problem in Latvia.
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The Accessibility of Health Care Services 

Author:Vera Boronenko

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Since regaining independence, Latvia’s health care system has been reformed many times; efforts have been made to pass laws for mandatory health insurance and for elements of the system to be financed by the national budget. One of the most essential signs of the health care system’s quality and effectiveness is its availability to citizens, therefore the aim of this study is to examine how health care reforms in Latvia have influenced this availabilit
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