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Ethnic diversity and local governance quality

The case of Opole Province in Poland


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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Tab. 1: The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Opolskie province in the years 1948–1993: the number of inhabitants, nomenclature, data sources

Tab. 2: Ethnic fractionalization in the communes of the Opolskie province

Tab. 3: Selected sources of the principles of good governance

Tab. 4: Selected tools used to measure the quality of governance at the local level

Tab. 5: The Local Level Governance Quality Index (25 points)

Tab. 6: The Opolskie province against a background of the other Polish provinces in terms of the basic geographic and demographic data

Tab. 7: Selected life quality indexes for the Opolskie province

Tab. 8: The position of the Opolskie province in comparison to the other provinces with respect to selected governance quality indexes (data for 2016; in %)

Tab. 9: The scores of the Polish regions achieved in the European Governance Quality Index in the successive editions of the research (the scale from 0 to 100, where 0 indicates the lowest quality, and 100 – the highest quality)

Tab. 10: Basic information concerning the communes covered by the research

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