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Rozhodování ve veřejné sféře: model Policy Paradox v ČR

Title in English Decision-making in the Public Sphere: The model Policy Paradox in the Czech Republic


Type Monograph
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description This book introduces the Policy Paradox model by the US political scientist Deborah Stone. Stone has shown that the process by which policies are formulated and accepted is continuous rather than cyclical. Its various parts do not follow each other in a rigid fashion but interlock; during the process, various interests and social values clash with each other, creating what Stone calls paradoxes: situations where accommodating one value means giving up another. The reader is invited to assess the explanatory potential of this model on case studies of issues such as smoking reduction policy, the banning of the Workers’ Party, population policy, the introduction of unified A-levels in the Czech Republic, and Czech engagement in Afghanistan. The book follows up on the course “Decision making in the public sphere”, which was supported by the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness and its aim is to improve the readers’ understanding of the ins and outs of the political process.

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