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Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation by Simon Smith

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4 The development of the environmental non-governmental movement in Slovakia

The Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Conservationists

Mikuláš Huba

Introduction

The history of the Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Conservationists (SZOPK), because it spans the communist and post-communist periods, illustrates some common problems affecting social organisations, and particularly non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faced with the collapse of one set of macro-social institutions and the need to reintegrate into the qualitatively different institutional environment which is slowly emerging from the ruins of communism. Such a process of re-adaptation throws up a series of dichotomous choices for collective social actors: continuity versus discontinuity; ...

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