Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation: Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Civic potential: summary

Aggregating the indices for each of the six dimensions of civic potential, we arrive at values of 0.6354 for Kvačany and 0.5439 for Liptovské Kl'ačany, which is a statistically significant difference in favour of Kvačany. Table 8.3 summarises the survey findings, with statistically significant differences highlighted.

The greatest differences between the two populations were apparent in the dimensions local democratic potential, action potential and associative potential, whereas insignificant differences were found in the dimensions legal awareness, information-handling potential and value orientations. In other words, there was little or no difference in those aspects of civic potential where citizen and community act and reproduce themselves in the realm of knowledge or consciousness (through cognitive transactions); but where citizen and community act and reproduce in the sphere of being or behaviour (manifesting cognition in the performance of citizenship) significant distinctions were observed. This clearly has important consequences for the resultant activities of each community in the improvement of living standards and settlement conditions.


Conclusion

The renewal of local self-government thrust Slovak settlements and their inhabitants into new situations: the reassertion of the principle of self-government opened the way for participation in the life and development of settlements by locally active subjects. This chapter has identified and analysed (on the basis of an empirical study in two villages) one important factor – civic potential – which differentiates between small local communities in terms of their potential to influence their own development, notwithstanding similar initial conditions in terms of such factors as demographic, economic or ecological characteristics.


Bibliography

A-projekt s.r.o. (1994a) Kvačany – anketa, Liptovský Hrádok: unpublished report.

A-projekt s.r.o. (1994b) Liptovské Kl'ačany – anketa, Liptovský Hrádok: unpublished report.

A-projekt s.r.o. (1994c) Liptovské Kl'ačany. Prieskumy a rozbory, Liptovský Hrádok: unpublished report.

A-projekt s.r.o.(1995) Kvačany. Územný plán sídelného útvaru, Liptovský Hrádok: unpublished report.

Berlin, I. (1993) O slobode a spravodlivosti, Bratislava: Archa.

Čambáliková, M.(1996) 'K otázke občianskej participácie v transformujúcom sa Slovensku', Sociológia vol. 28 no. 1: 51–4.

Dahrendorf, R. (1991) Moderný sociálny konflikt, Bratislava: Archa.

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  • Basees/Routledgecurzon Series on Russian and East European Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vii
  • Contributors ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • 1 - Sociological Readings of Post-Communist Lifeworlds 1
  • Notes 13
  • Bibliography 14
  • 2 - Civil Society and Political Parties in the Czech Republic 19
  • Bibliography 39
  • 3 - Agents for Community Self-Determination? Experiences of Local Actors 41
  • Notes 85
  • Bibliography 89
  • 4 - The Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Conservationists 92
  • Notes 103
  • 5 - Electronics Industry Workers in Slovakia 1995–2000 105
  • Notes 123
  • Bibliography 124
  • 6 - Case Studies from the Electronics Industry 126
  • Notes 141
  • 7 - The Czech Republic 1990–2000 143
  • Notes 158
  • Bibliography 159
  • 8 - Civic Potential as a Differentiating Factor in the Development of Local Communities 161
  • Bibliography 182
  • 9 - Group Strategies of Local Communities in Slovakia Facing Social Threats 184
  • Bibliography 205
  • 10 - The Narrativisation of Social Transformation 206
  • Notes 216
  • Bibliography 218
  • Index 221
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