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Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation by Simon Smith

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7 Local community transformation

The Czech Republic 1990–20001

Zdenka Vajdová

Local community and local government

The first moments after the November 1989 regime change caught local communities in the Czech Republic unprepared. Moreover the further from Prague — the centre of the civic mobilisation and the subsequent political changes — the more uncertain the situation became. Other major cities such as Brno and Plzeň quickly assumed a similar role as epicentres of change, but in most localities people had difficulty comprehending what was happening, and the first few months of 1990 were critical in determining future developments: the danger was that apathy, mistrust and indolence would prevail. Civic Forum played a vital role at this time ...

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