Self-Governance and the Representation of Conflicting Interests

Szalai, Júlia (1994) Self-Governance and the Representation of Conflicting Interests. In: Participation and Changes in Property-relations in Post-Communist Societies: The Hungarian Case. Aktív Társadalom Alapítvány, Budapest, pp. 41-77.

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The discussion attempts to outline some decisive components shaping shaping those mechanisms, by which the local government bodies elected on the first free municipal elections (1990) tried to identify their priorities among their competive tasks and requirements. Given the conditions of a general economic crises and nessesary cuts of central subsidies, the concrete questions are largely of an economic character. How did local goverments cope with their obvious shortage of capital and financial means, otherwise so important to safegard independence and autonomy? Has local competition for the scarce sources led to an extension of participation in matters defining of ultimate distribution of them, or, ont he contrary, has it brought about sharping conflicts of local exclusion of the weakest for the sake of advancement of the stronger groups of the communities? What have benn the breeding factors and the immediate consequences of either of these developments? How did the new local governments interpret their twofold functions as „entrepreneurs” and agents of justice and equity? When facing obvious clashes of interests, could they maintain a certain degree of social cohesion, or have the clear commitments to either of these principles created intensified conflicts on the local level? The paper is based on a number of sources. The first among them is a countrywide representative survey of 75 local governments, conducted between January and March 1993. Besides this collection of a wide range of hard facts on local-level economic management seven community-based case-studies were intended to detect the political and cultural undercurrents, and out of these seven localities one was designated to extend the in-depth analysis in further directions.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: local government, local management, local elections, local politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Institute for Sociology
Depositing User: Máté Zombory
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 08:05
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 13:01

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