Vít Dostál, Alena Falathová, Filip Chráska, Tomáš Karásek, Viera Knutelská, Ondřej Kováč, Petra Pejchová, Vlaďka Votavová
Organisation and country:
Association for International Affairs - AMO, Czech Republic
Where do the benefits of the Czech Republic’s membership in the EU lie? What European issues will be most important for the Czech Republic in the coming decade? What position should the Czech Republic take in relation to the situation in the eurozone? In what areas should the Single Market strengthen? Which countries are the Czech Republic’s closest allies in the EU? What is the probability of Brexit, and how would this affect the Czech Republic’s standing in the EU?
These and other issues are the subject of the research project, Trends of Czech European Policy: Study of European Policy Elites.
The aim of the project was to identify and discuss the views of people taking part in formulating, or with an influence on Czech European policy. Contacted civil servants, politicians, journalists and experts were asked to answer 27 questions in areas relating to the Czech Republic’s role in the EU, economic and institutional aspects of integration, partners in European policy and current issues.
The questionnaire was sent to a total of 440 unique addresses. Answers were received in 168 cases, of which 124 questionnaires were fully completed and 44 partially completed. The overall response rate was therefore 38.2%, with 28.2% of questionnaires fully completed.
Project helps to re-start the debate on Czech European policy. It aims at policy-makers, journalists, politicians and members of academia, since dataset is freely reusable for further research. Results have shown huge discrepancies between elites‘ opinions, official Czech EU policy and public opinion attitudes.
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