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.
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.
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