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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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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

Tab. 11: The values of the governance quality index and the sub-indexes in the communes participating in the research

Tab. 12: The correlations between the selected variables (n=60)

Tab. 13: Partial correlations between EFI and the governance quality index adjusted for the impact of the selected variables

Tab. 14: Correlations between EFI and the governance quality index and its sub-indexes in the selected categories of the communes

Tab. 15: Selected information on the communes selected for the qualitative analysis

Tab. 16: The composition of the Kolonowskie commune council during the terms 2002–2018

Tab. 17: The structure of the council of the commune of Walce during the past four terms of office in terms of the number of seats held by the particular groupings

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Tab. 18: The structure of the Paczków town council during the four terms of office in terms of the number of seats held by particular groupings, the number of groupings, and the number of councillors affiliated with political parties

Tab. 19: Financial support provided to non-governmental organizations and the number of organizations that received such support on the basis of the reports on the execution of annual programs of cooperation with non-governmental organizations in the Paczków commune

Tab. 20: The citizens budget of the Paczków commune – the number of submitted project proposals and the number of participating voters

Tab. 21: The structure of the council of the commune of Domaszowice during the past four terms of office in terms of the number of seats held by the particular groupings