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CIVIC Institute

Founded just after the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, the Civic Institute promotes ideas and principles necessary for free and stable democratic societies.

In 1991, two years after the Velvet Revolution, the euphoria of the early post-communist period was giving way to impatience and frustration. A group of former dissidents, led by the future minister of government, Pavel Bratinka, committed themselves to the goal of ensuring a successful transition from totalitarianism to democracy. They sought to foster the ideals of freedom, the rule of law, human dignity and inalienable rights- along with the economic, social and cultural benefits tied to these ideas.

The mission of the Civic institute is achieved in a variety of ways:

Organizing Lectures, Seminars and Conferences
Publishing Books and Scholarly Studies
Issuing a Monthly Bulletin in Print and Electronic Formats
Maintaining a reading room, which houses a collection of thousands of books and journals, both domestic and foreign, in the fields of political philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology, economics, law and international politics
Features in Print and Broadcast Media
The members of Civic Institute frequently appear in the media commenting on current issues. Since its foundation the Civic Institute has been perceived as the leading representative of conservative thought in post-Communist Czech society. Their opinion is valued by the media, while academia appreciates their role as educators in classical liberal and conservative thought, social policy and the role of religion in society.
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