The State of Political Participation in Post-Communist Democracies: Low but Surprisingly Little Biased Citizen Engagement

English title: The State of Political Participation in Post-Communist Democracies: Low but Surprisingly Little Biased Citizen Engagement

Author(s): Filip Kostelka -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

The article assesses the state of political participation in Central and East European post-communist democracies. Incorporating the most recent data, it compares the emerging trends in political participation to those observed in the established democracies of Western Europe. The findings reveal that post-communist citizens participate substantially 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 political activity. It is subsequently shown that while political participation is lower than in Western Europe, it is not markedly more biased. The poor state of political participation therefore does not appear to seriously undermine the quality of the post-communist democratic process.

Volume: 66

Issue: 6

From page no: 945

To page no: 968

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2014.905386

Journal: Europe-Asia Studies

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