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The Development of Czech Environmental Policy 1990-1995

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Jehlicka, Petr

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Abstract The Czech Republic is used as a case study to examine the link between the development of environmental policy & the more general social & economic development of a postcommunist society. The initially progressive arrangement of environmental agencies & procedures of the early 1990s, which were in tune with concurrent development in the West, was abandoned because of the arrested expansion & diversification of the policy community. The ethos of environmental policy making in the early 1990s, which was a consequence of the special circumstances of that period, could not be maintained because there was no sufficiently strong social group underpinning & advocating these changes. This is documented by the inability of journalists to grasp & further communicate complex environmental issues & by the nonexistence of a social stratum corresponding to the 'new middle class,' from which Western environmental groups draw their support.
Classification Economic and Social Geography; Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords Czechoslovakia; Postcommunist Societies; Environmental Policy; Social Development; Economic Development; Environmentalism; Policy Making; Social Support; Middle Class; Western Society
Document language English
Publication Year 1999
Page/Pages p. 37-50
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 7 (1999) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications