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The End of Modernity as Regression to Pr

This paper discusses the cultural implications of understanding ...

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Contents Issue 1 2002

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GUEST MARGARET THATCHER Interview with Baroness Margaret Thatcher Bulgarian Transition Ivan Kostov On the ...

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Christian Democracy

The text traces the evolution of Christian Democracy from a political idea to an i...

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History

The Reason Institute was established in 2003 for promoting modern theories and practices for the development of the state and its institutions and for encouraging extensive and profound debates on the improvement and betterment of the democratic achievements in Bulgaria. From the very outset of its activities, the Institute has organized a series of discussions on the challenges to democracy in Bulgaria and the possible ways for overcoming these challenges. Parts of these discussions were published in the Reason Journal.

Participants in the discussions were politicians belonging to different political parties as well as eminent Bulgarian analysts and experts. Following that path, the Reason Institute, jointly with the Bulgarian School of Politics and New Bulgarian University, conducted a survey amongst young political leaders from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to identify the major problems that had led to the low confidence in political parties and state institutions in the region of Southeastern Europe.

Part of the results of the survey was published in the traditional annual publications of the Group for European Prognostications and Analyses at the Open Society Institute – Sofia (GEPI). On the basis of the surveys conducted so far and based on its own experience, the Reason Institute puts forth a project of practical applicability, which aims at assisting in solving the problem of political corruption in Bulgaria through drafting reports and conducting discussions as part of a continuous and sustained effort to curb this phenomenon during and between elections and to limit corrupt practices on the part of individual politicians and political parties in government as well as in opposition.