Local Elites, Political Capital and Democratic Development

Governing Leaders in Seven European Countries

  • Editors
  • Stefan Szücx
  • Lars Strömberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-20
  2. Introduction: Studying Local Elites and Democratic Development

    1. Stefan Szücs, Lars Strömberg
      Pages 21-36
  3. Western Democracies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Stefan Szücs, Lars Strömberg
      Pages 39-70
  4. The New Baltic Democracies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Arvydas Matulionis, Svajone Mikene, Rimantas Rauleckas
      Pages 101-142
    3. Edvins Vanagas, Lilita Seimuskane, Inga Vilka
      Pages 173-201
  5. The Commonwealth of Independent States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Janna Grischenko, Natalia Elsukova, Elena Kuchko
      Pages 205-230
    3. Zhan Toschenko, Timour Tsibikov
      Pages 231-254
  6. Comparative Analysis Across Countries and Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Stefan Szücs, Lars Strömberg
      Pages 257-292
    3. Stefan Szücs, Lars Strömberg
      Pages 293-313
    4. Stefan Szücs, Lars Strömberg
      Pages 315-333
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-386

About this book


This book helps to understand in which ways local governing elites are important for the success or failure of national democratic development. Although we know a great deal about the general importance of civil society and social capital for the development of sustainable democracy, we still know little about what specific local governing qualities or political capital that interact with democratic development. The collected data covers time series of surveys from between 15 to 30 political and administrative leaders in over a hundred middle-sized European and Eurasian cities. The study takes us across the 1980s and 1990s, going from cities in Sweden and the Netherlands - through the Baltic cities - to the cities of Belarus and Russia. The findings show the importance of local political capital based on commitments to core democratic values, informal governance networks, and the significance of initially connecting the community to global, non-economic relationships.


Europe Governance democracy development local-global relations networks stability state values

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften ∣ GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2006
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-15059-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-90110-7
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