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Social Policy and CitizenshipThe Changing Landscape$
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Adalbert Evers and Anne-Marie Guillemard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754045

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754045.001.0001

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Discourses on Social Rights in the Czech Republic 1

Discourses on Social Rights in the Czech Republic 1

(p.335) 14 Discourses on Social Rights in the Czech Republic1
Social Policy and Citizenship

Martin Potůček

Oxford University Press

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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