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Morality, Normativity, and Economic Development in Slovakia

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Karjanen, David

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Abstract This article examines debates over local economic development policies and practices in contemporary Slovakia, particularly regarding property and land development. Debates about economic development often occur in relation to economic outcomes, driven by quantitative data and empirical assessments provided by city officials or consultants. In this article, I find that such debates are more likely to be driven by normative concerns, including moral outcomes. I develop a theoretical framework to understand why policy debates occur not in purely objective terms, but the more subjective normative and moral frameworks. The analysis provides greater insight into political debates and policymaking in the postsocialist context.
Keywords Slovakia; poverty; economic development (on national level); morality; political communication; common good; social responsibility; public communications; land use; public opinion; transformation; post-socialist country; pressure-group politics; political action; language usage
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 27-40
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 7 (2015) 1
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution