Published: 23. 1. 2006
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Tomáš Kostelecký, Jana Vobecká (eds.): Regional Elites 2004, Jana Stachová: Civil Society in the Regions of the Czech Republic

Tomáš Kostelecký, Jana Vobecká (eds.) : Regional Elites 2004


This study presents an analysis of the characteristics, opinions and attitudes of regional elites in the Czech Republic. It is based on an empirical survey conducted in the autumn of 2004, just before the elections to the regional assemblies were held. The study looks at political, administrative, economic and cultural elites, focusing especially on how regional elites evaluate the functioning and the developmental potential of the regions, and on their willingness to cooperate with other actors. The study also attempts to reveal and describe the kinds of issues that the elected regional representatives and the regional administration must face. The first part of the study centres on an analysis of the social and economic background of the regional elites, their professional and political careers, value preferences, expressions of trust, and their attitudes towards social issues generally. The study is part of the outcome of the research project „The Influence of Political Culture and Socio-economic and Institutional Factors on the Differences in the Way the Czech Regions Function“.


Jana Stachová: Civil Society in the Regions of the Czech Republic


The subject of the paper is a case study aimed at examining the degree of civil society in the regions of the Czech Republic. A main part of the study is the qualitative case study of two selected regions (administrative regions) that represent as different as possible types in terms of the state of civil society, using interviews with representatives of the non-profit sector. The case studies are focused primarily on the state and development of the non-profit sector, which is author`s conception of the key, constitutive element of Czech civil society. One of the aims is therefore to describe in detail the situation and the development of n-profit sector in selected regions, and in this connection to identify the factors, socio-cultural and institutional, that may influence its level. Author looks mainly at what kind of institutional features can have an influence on the form of civil society, especially how the local and regional governments affect the state and development of civil society in the region. 


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