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Czech Rural Development Policies for Human Resources after 2004: A Story of Muddled Definitions Preventing Strategic Visions?

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Author(s): Jana Vobecká

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

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 44;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: rural development | human resources | strategic documents | policy formulation | policy implementation

ABSTRACT
This article aims to contribute to the empirical understanding of Czech rural development strategies by means of a critical analysis of the initial definition and formulation, the subsequent policy measures, and the final geographical application of the Czech government’s strategic documents and policies. It takes as a case study policies of human resources development in rural areas that were co-financed by EU economic and social cohesion schemes for 2004-2006. The analysis finds significant deficiencies and inconsistencies in all three stages, indicating a low degree of goal-orientedness, adequacy, and effectiveness of this seemingly well-structured scheme.

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