This profile was prepared when Ladislav Briestensk was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
Ladislav Briestenský is teaching local governments throughout Slovakia to make their practices more transparent and more democratic. He aims to involve local constituencies in their own self-government, and in doing so, strengthen democracy's appeal from the bottom up. Ladislav understands that the relationship between local government and civil society is one of the most important links in any nascent democratic order, and that Slovak democracy cannot fully succeed without reforms in this area.
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