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Post-Communist City on its Way from Grey to Colourful: The Case Study from Slovakia


  • Alexandra Bitusikova

    (Matej Bel University, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Slovak Republic)


The paper is a case study of the city of Banska Bystrica in Slovakia in the light of political, socio-economic and cultural changes. It discusses urban diversity and integrity from an anthropological qualitative perspective. On the example of three different historical periods (1918 – 1948: the democratic Czechoslovakia; 1948 – 1989: the communist Czechoslovakia; 1989 up to the present: building new democracy in a new state) the study shows transformations of the city and urban life. The research results show how political systems influence conditions, in which urban diversity and heterogeneity develop. The study demonstrates that diversity can grow and flourish only in democracy, which allows differences and pluralism leading to richer and diversified urban life.

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  • Alexandra Bitusikova, 2003. "Post-Communist City on its Way from Grey to Colourful: The Case Study from Slovakia," Working Papers 2003.16, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2003.16

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    1. Alberto Alesina & Eliana La Ferrara, 2000. "Participation in Heterogeneous Communities," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 115(3), pages 847-904.
    2. Alberto Alesina & Reza Baqir & Caroline Hoxby, 2004. "Political Jurisdictions in Heterogeneous Communities," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 112(2), pages 348-396, April.
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    Urban diversity; post-communist city; democracy; Slovakia;

    JEL classification:

    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative


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