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The Discussion of Possible Savings based on the Efficiency Argument in the Smallest Municipalities? The Case Study of the Vysočina Region

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The unique municipality structure in the Czech Republic is one of the most interesting research topics in the Czech political space. The large number of municipalities with less than 1,000 or less than 500 inhabitants causes differences between Czech municipalities. There are differences in economic factors, differences in the development of municipalities, among other. All of these differences are discussed by experts, researchers and politicians in term of the efficiency of the smallest municipalities. The term ‘efficiency’ is used as the benchmark for a successful or an unsuccessful government. This research evaluates the argument of efficiency presented by Deborah Stone (2002). This argument was applied to the case of Kraj Vysočina, one of the regions with the largest number of the smallest municipalities in the Czech Republic. We analysed the selected argument of efficiency – economies of scale. Based on our quantitative analysis we have confirmed that evaluating municipalities through the prism of the economies of scale argument is not a good measurement of the efficiency of municipal government. The argument of efficiency is more complex and we cannot view it only in economics terms.

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A Critical Assessment of a Eurosceptic Party Group on European Integration: A Case Study of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group

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Country Branding and Country Image: Insights, Challenges and Prospects. The Case of Estonia

.1080/13032917.2013.800281 Endzina, I. & Luneva, L. (2004), ‘Development of a national branding strategy: The case of Latvia,’ Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 94–105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.pb.5990009 Erm, T. & Arengu, M. M. (2003), Development of a National Brand: The case of the Estonian brand project, Working paper, Riga: Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Fetscherin, M. (2010), ‘The determinants and measurement of a country brand: the country brand strength index,’ International Marketing Review, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 466

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How Do Cultural and Institutional Distance Affect China’s OFDI towards the OBOR Countries?

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A Place-Based Approach in EU Regional Development and Its Application in Latvia

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Using Patent Development, Education Policy and Research and Development Expenditure Policy to Understand Differences between Countries: The Case of Estonia and Finland

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The Personalisation of Politics at the Local Level in Poland and Selected Central and Eastern European States: A Contribution to the Research

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Images about politics take a specific form in the imagination of the electorate, eliciting specific associations and thus becoming a source of attitudes and influencing election preferences. At the same time, the increasing importance of politicians’ perceived personality traits and images has been observed. Empirical studies of politicians’ personalities provide one of the more effective tools for studying the basic features of the personalisation of politics, including at a local level. Such studies involve the measurement of citizens’ perceptions of politicians’ personality traits. This article seeks to systematise key concepts and provide an introduction to conducting advanced empirical research in this area.

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Attitudes towards the Government’s Remembrance Policy in Poland: Results of an Experimental Study

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The paper presents the results of an experimental study of Polish students’ attitudes towards their government’s remembrance policy (or, in other words, the intentional narration and interpretation of the past by the government). It includes four parts: a justification of why remembrance is a significant political asset in post-Communist Poland; a classification of remembrance policy instruments; a presentation of general results of the study; and a discussion of participants’ attitudes to particular policy instruments. In our assessment of the general results, we discuss three types of collected data: the results of the initial measurement of attitudes; the results of measurement after the manipulation of emotions (neutral vs. positive vs. negative) and commitment (no commitment vs. low commitment); and the results in terms of attitude change. In the section on attitudes to particular instruments, we compare participants’ support for different commemorative actions with their support for the governments’ dominant role in the popularising of remembrance narratives. The study’s results lead us to formulate three conclusions about the relationships between attitudes to the policy and Polish political culture.

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Competitiveness of the European Automobile Industry in the Global Context

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Friends forever? The Role of the Visegrad Group and European Integration

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