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Dancing to the same tunes? Comparison of Czech and Slovak citizens´ engagement in civil advocacy twenty years after the divorce



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of the 17th International Conference. Current Trends in Public Sector Research
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Political sciences
Keywords civil society; civil advocacy; individual participation; Czech Republic; Slovakia
Description This paper aims at exploration of individual participation in civil advocacy activities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It differentiates between two main competing explanations of civic participation - the institutional, and the cultural one. Building upon two surveys, paper shows that despite the different trajectories of institutional politics in both countries, the extent, forms and issues of civil advocacy participation on the individual level are strikingly similar. Consequently the cultural factors - as more enduring and resistant to changes in the short term - are identified as the key to understanding the shape and character of civil societies in two countries.
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