How does the elite continue to affect the evolution of local communities in the developing region of former Sovietized Europe? This book is concerned with the issue of local leadership in the countries of East-Central Europe. It is an attempt to examine, with a comparative method, the profile and the role of the local political elites (members of the Municipal Councils) in six towns in six transitional democracies of the region.
The sections of the book follow inquiries into: (1) the social biography of the members of the six Municipal Councils under scrutiny; (2) patterns of recruitment of these local elites and the importance of the local branches of the main parties; (3) interactions of the members of the Local Councils with other groups and institutions (and the subsequent power networks and formal and informal linkages); (4) values and principles embraced by the local political elites in the six analyzed cases; (5) priorities of the local political elites in the six selected Municipal Councils, and (6) representativeness of the Local (Municipal) Councils in the six towns.
Roxana Marin, PhD, University of Bucharest, Romania
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