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Territorial Choice.The Politics of Boundaries and Borders

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    0348017 - SOÚ 2011 RIV GB eng M - Monography Chapter
    Illner, Michal
    Top-Down or Bottom-Up? Coping with Territorial Fragmentation in the Czech Republic.
    Territorial Choice.The Politics of Boundaries and Borders. Houndmills, Basingstoke: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2010 - (Baldersheim, H.; Lawrence, E.), s. 214-233. ISBN 978-0-230-23333-1
    R&D Projects: GA MŠk 2D06006
    Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z70280505
    Keywords : Czech Republic * municipalities * bottom-up consolidation
    Subject RIV: AO - Sociology, Demography

    The sequence of territorial reforms of local government in the Czech Republic, commencing in the 1950s under the communist regime, and continuing until the beginning of the the third millenium, is recapitulated and analysed. It offers an ambiguous picture of centralisation of subnational government under that regime, somewhat softened in the late stage of its existence, followed by radical decentralisation after the 1990, and by the recent search for solutions that would overcome the negative consequences of the territorial and functional fragmentation of local government without sacrificing the achievements of local democracy.
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