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Field study on the public attitudes to privatisation

The research was aimed at tracing the public attitudes to the privatisation in typical areas.

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Research on the public attitudes towards the educational reform in Bulgaria

The regions under research were selected so as to represent different education models: public and private schools, general education, vocational training, specialized, elitist, etc.etc.

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Field studies and analyses of the political situation before the local elections in October, 1999

The research was based on the methodology and the methods of the participant observation and was designed to identify the patterns of political attitudes before the local elections in 1999.

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The Varbitsa River Watershed Council (Bulgaria): Outcomes of NGO involvement at the local level in an ethnically mixed, environmentally degrading and impoverished mountain region in Bulgaria
A paper presented at an international conference on the management of river resources by communities, held by Global Water Partnership in Prague (November 2002)
The Centre for Social Practices (CSP) was set up by civil society activists in 1994 with the express intention of working towards citizen empowerment in a post-totalitarian situation. One of the more durable lines of work since then has proven the problematic of community involvement in the decision-making regarding rivers (their defence against degrading interference, resolution of conflicts arising out of access to water issues, river enhancement and development in the framework of sustainable development).

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Transition, Violence and the Role of NGOs: the Case of Bulgaria
A paper prepared for “Cultures of Violence” – Mansfield College, Oxford, September 2004
Violence in the post-modern world It is a mistake to think of violence as an aberration - a virus in the software that can be eradicated by narrow specialists. It verges on conceptual and political impotence to grasp violence as the product of a specific recent outside influence - television, pornography, Terminator-3, Tom and Jerry, George W. Bush - that can be legislated away or voted out.

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Lobbies, interest groups and representation issues: a Bulgarian experience
An abstract prepared for the workshop Les groupes d’interet dans les pays d’Europe Centrale et Orientale organized by CEVIPOL-GASPPECO
Contrary to expectations, the development of Central-East European (CEE) societies after 1990 did not simply reproduce Western models. The transition has not only been longer than expected, but much more complicated and original. This generalization applies in full to the issue of "interest groups". On the basis of analysed experience, we can identify two main sources, which condition the appearance of interest groups and also shape their aims and forms.

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Civil Society: where are we today?
An overview of experiences prepared for Democratic Institutions and Democratic Governance – an OSCE / Human Dimension workshop, Warsaw, 12-14 May 2004
Introduction
Clearly, at these gatherings what we are doing is trying to fuse theory with practice, in order to produce policy and to plan action. This is much more satisfying than the usual arguments around "theory versus practice" and vice versa. The downside is that the fusion we are aiming at entails responsibility. If we get it wrong, we do not simply get criticized by other thinkers. If we get it wrong, people suffer.

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Government policy and the gray economy
Centre for social practices – Sofia
The Matrix
From the first stage of the project (2001-2002), together with the many participants (scientists, lawmakers, the central government, local government, businessmen, and journalists) we defined the following positions, which strongly influence the decision of entrepreneurs to be "white", instead of "gray".

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Informality in Bulgaria: what policies?
A paper presented at “Informal Employment” – a European Commission meeting held in Brussels (May 2004)
Everyone who has spent some years studying informality in countries such as Bulgaria ultimately comes to the conclusion that he is dealing with a series of sub-plots, and there is a bigger plot; and that, consequently, any policies addressed at formalizing economic activity should not remain at a sub-plot level, but also address the main plot.

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Civil society as partner in local development: a Bulgarian experience
A paper prepared for IC Regional Workshop “Partnerships for a successful transition in Eastern Europe ” – 9-13 June 2004
Introduction: why civil society? During the 2004 annual Global Development conference in Delhi , one of the most important round tables discussed the following subject: “Power is leaking out of the nation state. Where is it going?” This points to the first of two major reasons for the increasing significance of civil society. One is the weakening of the representative capacity of classic democracy. Under classic representative democracy political parties codify into programmes the various demands of the public; and the state then implements them, through what was understood to be an objective and detached Weberian- style bureaucracy.

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