Type
Article
Titre
The State of Political Participation in Post-Communist Democracies: Low but Surprisingly Little Biased Citizen Engagement
Dans
Europe-Asia Studies
Auteur(s)
KOSTELKA Filip - University of Essex (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Carfax Publishing for the University of Glasgow
Volume
66
Numéro
6
Pages
945 - 966 p.
ISSN
09668136
Résumé
EN
The article assesses the state af political participation in Cemral and East European post-conmnmist democracies. Incoporating the most recent data, it compares the emerging trends in political participation to those observed in the established democracies of Westem Europe. The finding reveal that post-communist citizens participate substanlially less than their Western counterparts, and, contrary to some expectations, no convergence has been taking place. This is due to a host of factors, the importance of which seems to vary according to the type of polilical activity. It is subsequenly shown that while political participation is lower than in Westem Europe, it is not markedly more biased. The poor statz of polilical participation therefore does not appear to seriously undermine the quality of the post-communist democratic process.

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