Ekman et al. published their article Challenges and Realities of Political Participation and Civic Engagement in Central and Eastern Europe in the 32nd Volume of East European Politics. The authors depart from the conventional wisdom on the one hand, which argues that political participation and collective action in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are low-frequency phenomenon as compared to Western Europe, and the actions of ordinary citizens in CEE countries in the recent decades on the other hand, which have challenged political orders and where grassroots movements and diverse forms of mobilization have challenged the notion of weak civil societies. More so, they concur with other scholars who have stated that contemporary instances of political participation in CEE countries represent a new phase in the development of the post-socialist civil societies. Ekman et al.’s article attempts to broaden the scope of research on political participation and collective action in CEE in two ways – first, by promoting a wider understanding of citizen involvement in politics and societal affairs, and by analyzing the relationship between civil society and the state, and, second, by presenting a number of studies based on empirical data from the post-communist region. The article is available for download here.
Source: Taylor & Francis Online