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Youth & local government in Hungary : towards a constructive dialogue

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Youth & local government in Hungary : towards a constructive dialogue

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Before the change of the system in 1989 decisions were made by the communist state-party and all citizens of Hungary had to do was simply obeying these decisions; publicly questioning the communist rule was not done. What followed in the years after was a somewhat passive state of mind. Consequently, in the year 2008 Hungarians frequently do not see the necessity to become an active citizen, and what is more, they often do not know that there are opportunities to develop skills and attitudes that help one to grow into an engaged citizen. Concerning young people in Hungary one notices for instance, that they are not easily motivated and that for the larger part one has to ask them to participate in community life.
The Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) - a national NGO encouraging community service and non-formal learning - does not only invite youngsters to become active in their communities, the
organisation also sets an example why participation and engaged citizenship are important.
Considering the Foundation also works on the local level, it finds good cooperation with municipal governments increasingly important. Unfortunately DIA experiences that governmental institutions,
although they do have tasks to fulfil in this area, are not yet aware of the fact that involving young people is an essential pillar of plural democratic society. Since 1989 youth issues have fallen under
the control of eight different bodies on the central level and a consistent youth policy is also lacking.
Naturally, cooperation between youth and local administration works occasionally as there are certain structures for youth participation on the local level. Yet this cooperation is only to a certain degree
and seems to be rather ad hoc than based on solid partnerships. In general what remains is the distance between young people on the one side and local government on the other side. The topic of this research is to investigate how and to what extent could DIA contribute to a constructive dialogue between youth and local government. Literature shows that dialogue can contribute to change in a given context; in which the objective is not to reach a ompromise of some sort, but by means of exploring contrasting viewpoints it is at least possible to develop understanding
and perhaps even empathy. After all, the basis of plural democracy is the inclusion of all citizens regardless their societal position or opinion. In this sense Hungary needs perhaps more time to develop such democratic tradition, since a culture of giving back to society as an active citizen is yet underdeveloped. As the research shows DIA mainly contributes indirectly to a constructive dialogue.
This is because the organisation promotes such culture to become embedded in the experience of young people.

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
InstituutESC Hogere Europeses Beroepen Opleiding
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Jaar2008
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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