REGIONAL POLITICAL ELITES - THEIR ORIGIN, CHARACTERISTICS AND IMPACT
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 and how they differ from the local and national political levels. It notes the close personnel connection between local and 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 and the degree of urbanisation 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 and movements. This situation on the one hand serves to increase the politicisation of local politics and on the other leads to greater competition within political parties, whose programmes and national leadership regional politicians wish to influence.
D. Rysavy, katedra sociologie a andragogiky, Filozoficka fakulta Univerzity Palackeho, Wurmova 7, 771 47 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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