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Ethnic diversity and local governance quality

The case of Opole Province in Poland

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Wojciech Opioła and Bartosz Czepil

The book is devoted to relations between the ethnic diversity and the quality of governance at the local level. Opolskie province in Poland is a case for explaining this interdependence. That is because of its history of multiculturalism and the present state of its ethnic diversity. The important feature of this region is, that nearly half of the communes is ethnically homogenous when the rest is ethnically diversified with a strong position of German and Silesian minorities. The preliminary assumption was, that the quality of governance would be higher in communes characterized by ethnic diversity. On the basis of the nested analysis method, authors conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis.

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Contents

Introduction

I. Research methodology

1 The meaning of the project

2 Literature review

3 The concept and the main research stages

II. Ethnic diversity and quality of governance. Conceptualization and measurement at the commune level

1 Commune in the Polish political system

2 Ethnic diversity

The number of groups

A group differentiation basis

Group size ratios

Dynamics of changes

Cultural distance

Method of measurement

3 Quality of governance

III. A characterization of the Opolskie province. Cultural diversity as a distinctive feature

1 The Opolskie province as a region

2 The place of the Opolskie province in the European Governance Quality Index

3 The Opolskie province’s history of multiculturalism

4 The present state of multiculturalism in Opole Silesia

IV. Quantitative analysis: the results of measurements and their interpretation

1 General characteristics of selected communes

2 Results of the governance quality measurement

3 Correlation analysis

4 Interpretation

V. Qualitative analysis. Case studies of selected communes

1 Kolonowskie

Governance quality profile

Geographic and demographic position

Economy

Specific features in the material, symbolic, and identity-related areas

Political life

Attempt to explain the governance quality profile

2 Walce

Governance quality profile

Geographic and demographic position

Economy

Specific features in the material, symbolic, and identity-related areas

Political life

Attempt to explain the governance quality profile

3 Paczków

Governance quality profile

Geographic and demographic position

Economy

Specific features in the material, symbolic, and identity-related areas

Political life

Attempt to explain the governance quality profile

4 Domaszowice

Governance quality profile

Geographic and demographic position

Economy

Specific features in the material, symbolic, and identity-related areas

Political life

Attempt to explain the governance quality profile

Conclusions

Annex 1: A table of the governance quality indexes

Annex 2: A detailed description of the particular governance quality indexes

Annex 3: The CAWI questionnaire (sent on 7 July 2017)

List of figures

List of maps

List of tables

List of interviews

Literature