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THE ELECTORAL PARADIGM AND ITS IMPACT ON PERFORMANCE OF MUNICIPAL AND REGIONALADMINISTRATION – THE CASE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA Print E-mail

Peter Horváth, Jaroslav Mihálik

Abstract

In 2000 the CzechRepublic and subsequently in 2001 Slovakiaheld the first elections to the regional councils. The new element was implemented in both countries of the former common state in order to introduce the approach of public governance towards citizens and can be considered as the next stage of decentralization of public administration.

The authors focus on different electoral models and options used in the regional administrations of the respective countries.While in the Czech Republic the chairman is selected by beforeelected representatives and therefore the chairman is essentially a reflection ofthe political majority in the regional council; Slovakia adopted separate model of electing the chairman and deputies so it is possible that the leader and the majority can represent different political camps.
 
What is better – the derived option or direct choice? Which model leads to greater stability and greater credibility of these institutions? 

Key words: municipality, region, Czech Republic, Slovakia, elections, Mayor

Peter Horváth: Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCM, Trnava. His research is focused on comparative politics of the CEE countries.

Jaroslav Mihálik:Assistant at Faculty of Social Sciences and PhD. Candidate at Commenius University in Bratislava. His research is focused on the post Soviet Balticcountries and Slovak – Hungarian relations.

Cite this article:
Horváth Peter, Mihálik Jaroslav. THE ELECTORAL PARADIGM AND ITS IMPACT ON PERFORMANCE OF MUNICIPAL AND REGIONALADMINISTRATION – THE CASE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.5, no.2:90-103, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2012-no2-art06

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2012-no2-art06

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