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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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Fig. 1: Level of trust towards local authorities, national government and generalized trust in Poland 2002–2018.

Fig. 2: Election turnout to the local and parliamentary elections in Poland 1993–2019*.

Fig. 3: The number of councillors representing the German minority in the commune councils of the Opolskie province during the term of office 2014–2018.

Fig. 4: The governance quality index in the communes of the Opolskie province.

Fig. 5: The relationship between ethnic diversity and the quality of governance at the communal level.

Fig. 6: The relationship between the number of inhabitants in a commune and the quality of governance at the communal level.

Fig. 7: The relationship between the urbanization index and the quality of governance at the communal level.

Fig. 8: The relationship between ethnic diversity and the sub-index of participation in all communes covered by the research.

Fig. 9: The relationship between ethnic diversity and the sub-index of participation in the rural communes.

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