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Građanski aktivizam u Hrvatskoj
Civil Activism in Croatia

Author(s): Vlado Šakić, Renata Franc, Jelena Maričić
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar
Keywords: dimensions of civil activism; determinants of civil; activism; perceived efficiency; membership in associations

Summary/Abstract: The paper investigates the possibility of distinguishing among various dimensions of civil activism in Croatia and the extent to which sociodemographic characteristics of citizens, religiosity, political orientation, perceived efficiency, perceived prominence of three types of local problems, membership in associations and familiarity with the members of the association enable the interpretation of the summative measure of civil activism and participation of citizens in ten particular types of behaviour. The research uses data gathered in 2005 on a representative sample of Croatian citizens. Based on research of the factor structure of the measure of civil activism, it has been concluded that different types of civil activism in Croatia cannot be distinguished at present. Multivariate analyses have shown that only a relatively small part of the variance of the overall and individual measures of civil participation can be explained by the analysed determinants. Among the analysed variables, the relatively most useful and consistent determinants are membership in an association and familiarity with the members of the association. The perceived efficiency has also been confirmed as an important determinant of the general measure of civil participation in particular behaviours, in contrast to religiosity and political orientation. Sociodemographic features are generally correlated with civil participation, but offer a relatively small contribution to differentiating among those who take part or do not take part in particular behaviours.

  • Issue Year: 16/2007
  • Issue No: 87+88
  • Page Range: 111-132
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Croatian