By Marion Reiser Dr., Everhard Holtmann Dr. (auth.), Marion Reiser, Everhard Holtmann (eds.)
Local self sustaining lists are a common phenomenon at the neighborhood point in lots of eu nations – in tested Western international locations in addition to in new democracies in heart and japanese Europe. The study is associated with the much-discussed phenomenon of the turning out to be disenchantment with political events and the sceptical evaluate of political events at the neighborhood point. commonly, those lists comprehend themselves as non-parties or anti-parties and consequently suppose a contra place within the neighborhood social gathering method. The edited ebook goals first at constructing a theoretical and conceptual framework for those non-partisan lists. moment, the contributions describe and examine for the 1st time relatively presence, luck, organisational constitution, behaviour and function of those neighborhood actors in twelve West and East eu countries.
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Also, civil society is able to absorb at least part of a wide variety of public interests in urban communities. So, there is less need to express different interest positions through independent local lists. 5 percent had between 3,000 and 5,000 inhabitants. 7 percent of communes had more than 5,000 inhabitants. As of 2004, average population in communes was 3,221, while in towns it reached 18,588 (see Paviü 2006). In the well-known example of Mošüeniþka Draga, the major who won several subsequent mandates with his independent list is, at the same time, a fisherman.
On independent local lists and other issues of local political system), in society is a much more productive approach. 52 Independent Local Lists in Croatia ratisation theory into the composite theoretical frame. 27 A closer look can open issues of plural society, in which the situation is very complex and precarious, containing many preconditions for stable democracy. Many postsocialist societies can be considered pluralistic, and may require more complex thinking about democratisation. 28 Inter-ethnic and other structural splits and cleavages29 generate conflicts.
The fundamental change from parliamentary-like to presidential-like local political system is being prepared for the local elections of 2009, and the period after that. The example of the City of Zagreb is indicative. Two left-wing parties, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and People’s Party (HNS), formed a coalition, having 32 of 51 seats. Certain concrete circumstances caused an imbalance, sometimes even a conflict between the coalition partners. Keeping in mind the City of Zagreb is the largest, economically, and in other ways the most important local unit in Croatia, it is not hard to imagine that this dissonance in the ruling coalition was an everyday media and public topic.