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An introductory study of perceptual marginality in Slovakia
An introductory study of perceptual marginality in Slovakia

Author(s): Roman Mikuš, Lucia Máliková, Viliam Lauko
Subject(s): Economy, Geography, Regional studies, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Applied Geography, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
Keywords: perceptual marginality; marginal regions; local mayors; Slovakia; questionnaire

Summary/Abstract: The existence of marginal regions is closely linked to the socio-spatial polarisation of our society. Especially in the post socialist countries, including Slovakia, which have undergone significant social and economic transformation, spatial polarisation and related regional disparities have become a relevant issue across multidisciplinary academic research. This study focuses on similarities and differences in defining the marginality from two different perspectives - one that is based on quantification of statistical data and another based on individual perception of marginality from the position of local mayors. Local mayors, the main figures of the local governance, have in the Slovak system of administration huge responsibility in the development of communes and a great opportunity to improve the status of certain communes, especially those marginal. At the same time this study investigates how the political affiliation and political support affect their competencies and activities in relation to the marginal position of their commune.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 34
  • Page Range: 47-62
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English