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The Czech Catholic Church and Problem Legitimation: From Inspiration to Personal Effort

Author(s): Jan Váně | František Kalvas

Journal: Central European Journal of Public Policy
ISSN 1802-4866

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 30;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Church | problem legitimation | agenda-setting process | advocacy coalition framework

In the following text, we describe how the Catholic Church attempts to legitimate problems in the agenda-setting process in the Czech Republic. We introduce a number of theoretical concepts and terms related to agenda setting that we apply to the case of the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic. We based our empirical analysis on semi-structured interviews; we spoke with eight respondents from different strata of the Church structure and with Catholic politicians. We describe two kinds of strategies the Church would like to use, which we call: (1) the media strategy, whereby the Czech Catholic Church aims to legitimate issues in the media arena, and (2) the vertical strategy, whereby the Czech Catholic Church aims to legitimate issues through the laity active at the top of the political hierarchy. We discuss these strategies in connection with the individuals engaged in their implementation. We conclude by questioning these proposed strategies that are based on the principle of inspiration. We also suggest there is a need to revise the strategies and base them on the principle of personal effort instead.
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