Passive, Indifferent, Engaged? The Faces of Local Civic Activity in Finland


Among European states Nordic countries, including Finland, are often set as examples of countries with high social capital, in which citizens willingly engage into decision-making process. The aim of the article is to verify this assumption and to present diverse attitudes of citizens towards local engagement. The article is based on quantitative data (statistics on civic involvement) as well as qualitative research (interviews with councillors from selected Finnish municipalities). The conclusion points at transformation of Finnish democracy and the fact that paradoxically developed institutions of representative democracy may have a negative influence on the wiliness to apply further, non-electoral mechanisms of civic involvement.

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Opublikowane : 2020-12-22

Radzik-Maruszak, K. (2020). Passive, Indifferent, Engaged? The Faces of Local Civic Activity in Finland. Civitas. Studia Z Filozofii Polityki, 27, 163-181.

Katarzyna Radzik-Maruszak
Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin  Polska

Associate professor at the Department of Public Administration, Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska, Lublin, Poland. In her research she is focused on comparative local governance.