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The Diffusion of Public Interest Mobilization: A Historical Sociology View on the Advocates without Members in the Post-Communist Czech Republic

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CÍSAŘ Ondřej

Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source East European Politics
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords civil society; Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia; democratisation; East-Central Europe
Description The paper proposes an explanation for the boom in advocacy organisations in the Czech Republic after the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989. There has been a major increase in the number of professional advocacy organisations, accompanied by an influx of “post-materialist” issues. In the first half of 1990s, American and European state and non-state actors promoted these issues. Since the end of 1990s, European Union funds have taken over as the most important source of funding. Foreign funding has thus created conditions conducive to the emergence and development of advocacy-based activism in the Czech Republic. Moreover, advocacy organisations are presented in the paper as the locus of a new type of politically oriented activism, which is no longer based on mobilisation, but rather on transactions.
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