On 14 December 2012, the Institute for Democracy and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung will mark the publication of the 40th issue and the ten anniversary of Political Thought quarterly. On that occasion there was a lunch and discussion in the hotel Aleksandar Palace, where the main guest was the President of the Republic of Macedonia, PhD. Gorgje Ivanov. We first heard the introductory speeches of Mrs. Anja Chimek, official representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and of Mr. Vladimir Misev, IDSCS President. Later, the guests followed the addresses of the two founder of the quarterly, Mr. Andreas Klein, first representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Macedonia and the President of the Republic of Macedonia, PhD. Gjorgje Ivanov.
The 40th issue of Political Thought is dedicated to the Local Self-Government and citizens’ participation. 13 authors present their views on issues connected to the effective participation of citizens in the local self-government from local, national, regional and global perspective. The researchers from the Institute for Democracy, Ilina Mangova and Jovan Bliznakovski, have also published papers on the topic of “Direct Participation of the Citizens – Problem for Democratic Local Governance in the Western Balkans” and “Linguistic Competency as a Factor for Civil Participation in the Republic of Macedonia – Local Policies”.