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New political parties: misery of the glitter 1

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

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The numbers are correct, but ... 1

Budget requests for the judicial sector in Latvia have always involved the right numbers, but we have been unable to conjure up the right vision of what additional funding would mean to society. We’re prepared to change this situation next year, because a leap in the level of quality in the court system simply will not be possible with the current level of resources. Read

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Is there racism in Latvia? 2

Racism and xenophobia are phenomena that are convincingly represented in Latvia’s society. Research shows that 11% of Latvians are prepared to deny the right of black people to enter Latvia, while 70% of citizens would be suspicious of people with non-traditional sexual orientations. Read

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Latvia. Human Development Report 2000/2001 

Author:Talis Tisenkopfs (Editor in Chief) Anita Svarckopfa, Statistical Advisor, Aldis Lauzis


The annual Report sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and written by the local authors, this year deals with the public policy process in Latvia: it is trying to determine the openness of public policy and the way it affects human development. Apart from general conclusions about influence of policy upon human development (Chapter 1), the Report also gives empirical, analytic information on the public policy process (Chapter 2), participation in public policy (Chapter 3) and administrative capacity of administrative institutions in the context of human development (Chapter 4). Basic information that characterises human development in the previous year has also been included in the Report.

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Judging Lady Justice 

Author:Valts Kalniņš

Even though judges know perfectly well that corruption is unlawful and should be denounced, we do not see much readiness to take active steps when the honesty of a colleague has been called into question. Read

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Policy decision making process in Latvia 



The goal of the research is to improve the process of policymaking, thereby contributing to a stable and sustainable development of the state and society. The authors used World Bank methodology to analyse the processes of decision making, implementation and actualisation in the Cabinet and Saeima (the Parliament) and drew a closer focus on four case studies of state policy.

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Independent public policy analyses in Latvia 1

Author:Astrida Neimane, Ivars Indans


The main goal of the study is to evaluate public policy analysis and institutions in Latvia and to offer solutions for the promotion and development of policy analysis. Based on interviews with representatives of research institutions and ministries commissioning research, as well as experience in other countries, the authors define independent policy analysis, development trends and make recommendations regarding the possible development of policy analysis in Latvia.

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State financed research commissioned by the ministries: financing, implementation and the connection with public policy analyses 

Author:Astrida Neimane


The goal of the project is to gather information on the various research commissioned by the ministries in 1998 and 1999, in order to have a base for the public policy development programme [of the Soros Foundation – Latvia]. The study addresses the key obstacles of ministry-commissioned research, and the transparency of state-financed research. The study provides data on state financing allocated to research and scientific activities and the procedure of state procurement in this respect. It offers an evaluation of the research results and its impact on policy making.

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The EU and money 3

The EU's member states are no longer all that attractive for investments, and other regions of the world are also not tempting because of the global economic decline. The economies of Central European countries, however, are continuing to develop at a more rapid pace, and Latvia, as an EU member state, could be interesting to investors. Read