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Jak zkoumat českou krajskou paradiplomacii? Koncepty, modely a aplikace na případ Jihomoravského kraje

Title in English How to Research the Paradiplomacy of Czech Regions? Concepts, Models and Possible Applications on the Case of the South Moravian Region


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Středoevropské politické studie
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords Paradiplomacy; South Moravian Region; Regional Policy; Decentralization
Description The article centres on research into paradiplomacy, the international involvement of sub-national units. It aims at finding appropriate concepts for use in research into the paradiplomacy of Czech regions. The main international scholarship on paradiplomacy is reviewed and the most popular concepts and typologies are introduced. Subsequently, several contradictions and deficiencies are revealed. Then, contemporary research into paradiplomacy in the Czech Republic is summarized. The article argues that Czech research has already identified genuine regional paradiplomacy, but lacks definition with respect to its specifics. The main argument is that, although it was appropriate to apply some concepts from research into federal states for the identification of paradiplomacy, extensive use of these concepts and typologies cannot bring results in research into the content of Czech paradiplomacy. Thus, a step back is suggested. Brian Hocking’s approach, which perceives non-central governments as genuine actors of international politics, is suggested. Keating’s typology seems the most appropriate for empirical research. In addition, it is argued that further research should focus mainly on the content of the paradiplomacy of Czech regions. The final part of the article proposes the application of such a research strategy on the example of the South Moravian Region. Its expected merits and benefits are then summed up in the conclusion.
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