Civic engagement in local politics in Central Europe

Oto Potluka , Judit Kalman , Ida Musiałkowska , Piotr Idczak


Civic engagement and civil society participation in political decision-making is important for efficient and sustainable public policies. However, this behaviour is difficult to achieve and maintain in countries such as post-socialist societies that have passive social attitudes and low levels of general trust. This chapter describes the development and current character of local political systems, decentralisation and civic engagement in four countries in Central Europe: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. It concentrates on civil society, direct and indirect forms of political participation, the development of civil-society organisation advocacy and citizen opinions about their likelihood of influencing policy. It highlights the low general trust and social capital, passive attitudes, and low voter turnout in these countries compared to other countries in Europe. These features are a legacy of the communist past and are attributable to the negative socioeconomic consequences of the transition process and disillusionment about democratic development. As a result, the development of civil participation in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia has been slower than in other parts of Europe.
Author Oto Potluka - University of Basel, Switzerland
Oto Potluka,,
, Judit Kalman - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Judit Kalman,,
, Ida Musiałkowska (WGM / KE)
Ida Musiałkowska,,
- Department of European Studies
, Piotr Idczak (WGM / KE)
Piotr Idczak,,
- Department of European Studies
Publication size in sheets0.8
Book Kerley Richard, Liddle Joyce, Dunning Pamela T. (eds.): The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government, 2019, Routledge, ISBN 9781315306261, 526 p., DOI:10.4324/9781315306278
Keywords in Englishlocal government, Central Europe, civic engagement, non-profit organisations
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)75
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ScoreMinisterial score = 75.0, 01-03-2021, MonographChapterAuthor
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