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Regionální politické elity – zrod, charakter a důsledky

Regional Political Elites -- Their Origin, Characteristics and Impact
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Rysavy, Dan

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Abstract The article focuses on representatives of the regional (and most recently established) level of government in the Czech Republic. It describes the context behind the emergence of regional governments & how they differ from the local & national political levels. It notes the close personnel connection between local & regional political elites. Experience gained in local politics helps elites to succeed at the regional level. The presence of local politicians in regional government varies with the level of residential fragmentation & the degree of urbanization in the given region. Unlike local politics, which is consistently comprised of a significant proportion of independents, regional representatives are almost exclusively members of political parties & movements. This situation on the one hand serves to increase the politicization of local politics & on the other leads to greater competition within political parties, whose programs & national leadership regional politicians wish to influence.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Elites; Regionalism; Czech Republic; Local Government; Political Parties
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 993-1016
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 43 (2007) 5
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications