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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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I Do It My Way: Analysis of the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union

negotiations? UCD Dublin European Institute Working Paper 09–10. Panke, Diana (2010): Good Instructions in No Time? Domestic Coordination of EU Policies in 19 Small States. West European Politics 33 (4): 770–790. Pollack, Mark A. (2008): The New Institutionalisms and European Integration. Constitutionalism Web-Papers, ConWEB 1. Puetter, Uwe (2014): The Rotating Council Presidency and the New Intergovernmentalism, The International Spectator 49 (4): 18–32. Sepos, Angelos (2005): The National Coordination of EU Policy: Organisational Efficiency and

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Nordic Model of Subregional Co-Operation

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Nordic co-operation is renowned throughout the world and perceived as the collaboration of a group of countries which are similar in their views and activities. The main pillars of the Nordic model of co-operation are the tradition of constitutional principles, activity of public movements and organisations, freedom of speech, equality, solidarity, and respect for the natural environment. In connection with labour and entrepreneurship, these elements are the features of a society which favours efficiency, a sense of security and balance between an individual and a group. Currently, the collaboration is a complex process, including many national, governmental and institutional connections which form the “Nordic family”.

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Energy resources as the tools of foreign policy: the case of Russia

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The article provides an explanation of how energy resources become instruments in Russia’s foreign policy towards countries-consumers at the same time indicating elements determining the efficiency of energy instruments to reach Russia’s foreign policy goals. The article argues that Russia expanded its state power in energy sector through direct and indirect mobilisation. There are two types of energy instruments - sway and compel. The effectiveness of energy instruments depends on barriers country-consumer has. Instruments may have positive targeted and foreseen as well untargeted and unforeseen negative consequences for Russia and countries-consumers in Post-Soviet space especially focusing on Belarus and Ukraine.

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The Interoperability between the Public and Private Sectors in Light of Adult Education. Supplements to the Planned Downsizing in the Public Sector

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The current study is a result of the Hungarian government’s aspiration to cut bureaucracy and increase public administration’s efficiency, thus impacting personnel and reorganizing the labour market. The public-sector headcount reduction is being justified in terms of Hungary’s inadequate private-/public-sector employment ratio. This reorganization can come to fruition only via the development of intellectual capital and a well-designed system for retraining and further education. In cases of retraining and further education offered by the state, we must be wary of generational differences and possible motivations, while also keeping in mind the influence education can have on the market, society, and the individual. Our research has shown that the demand for a given type of instruction is also influenced by the generational differences among those who wish to learn. Overall, our respondents showed an interest in learning.

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Project Management in Development Aid Industry – Public vs. Private

Projects. International Journal of Project Management, 20: 185-190. Available at: http:// www.elsevier.com/locate/ijproman. Crawford, L., 2000. Profiling the Competent Project Manager. In PMI Research Conference, Paris. pp. 3-15. Crawford, P., Bryce, P., 2003. Project Monitoring and Evaluation: A Method for Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Aid Project Implementation. International Journal of Project Management, 21. Deininger, K., Squire, L., Basu, S., 1998. Does Economic Analysis Improve the Quality of Foreign

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Small Countries’ EU Council Presidency and the Realisation of their National Interests: The Case of Slovenia

., ed. European Union Council Presidencies-A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge. pp. 18-37. Tallberg, J., 2003b. The agenda-shaping powers of the EU Council Presidency. Journal of European Public Policy, 10(1): 1-19. Tallberg, J., 2004. The power of the presidency: Brokerage, efficiency and distribution in EU negotiations. Journal of Common Market Studies, 42(5): 999-1022. Tallberg, J., 2006. Leadership and Negotiation in the European Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The Economist

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