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Could a Referendum Change the Local Party System? Discussion of the Referendum’s Consequences in the Context of Cleavages


ŠENKÝŘOVÁ Barbora BALÍK Stanislav

Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Politics in Central Europe
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords local party system; referendum; concept of cleavages; civic activism; local-level politics
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Description The local policy is sometimes degraded by this opinion: in the small village, there is no policy, self-government is based on the personal character without the political context, it is mainly oriented on the technical side of the government. However, different researches confirm that despite this claim local policy contains political (and ideological) fights. These researches focus on different topics and different attitudes in cleavages or conflict study. However, only a few research types mentioned the importance of local civic activism in connection with the local policy trends. It is interesting because civic activism, values and attitudes are the main points in the cleavage topic. In this research, we will discuss the term cleavage (concept by Deegan-Krause) in the context of four Czech municipalities which have experience with civic activism – the referendum. In our research, we will focus on four municipalities, on which we will present the application of the Deegan-Krause model. Based on the application, we will discuss if civic activism in the form of a referendum could lead to changes in the local party system.
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