The aim of this book is to outline characteristic features of Czech urban conflicts and of the movements participating in them. It finds these movements often emerge as a response to the negative policy outcomes of post-socialist governing structures and processes ensuing from the coexistence of neoliberalism and weakly consolidated democracy. Such an environment is particularly prone to various forms of institutionalized power abuse, a reluctance towards professional comprehensive and inclusive urban planning, and above all, to the production of socially unacceptable urban change. This closed political opportunity structure limits the ability of urban grassroots movements to influence political processes through standard means of civic engagement and protest activities and forces them to abandon their extra-institutional position, participate in electoral competition, and form activist governments.
KeywordsWeakly consolidated democracy Neoliberalism Power abuse Urban change Political opportunity structure Activist government
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