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Discourses on Social Rights in the Czech Republic<sup>1</sup>

Martin Potůček

in Social Policy and Citizenship

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754045
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979455 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754045.003.0062

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Discourses on Social Rights in the Czech Republic1

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Both the language and the content of public discourse have a considerable impact on actors’ preferences and activities and, consequently, on governance outcomes. The chapter analyzes diverging academic, administrative, political, and civic discourses concerning social rights of citizens as the criteria applied to public policymaking in the Czech Republic since 1989. The chapter starts with theoretical assumptions and methodological considerations. This lays the groundwork for an analysis of the languages and contents of four national discourses on social rights. The analysis focuses on key policy documents and, where relevant, their implementation in policy measures. Europeanization represented an important aspect within those discourses during the stages of pre-accession and full EU membership. Barriers to cross-border public discourses at the national level are identified, as well as potential ways to overcome them.

Keywords: public discourses; citizenship; social rights; conflicting interests; communication; European Union

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