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The Return of the Left in Post-communist States

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The Return of the Left in Post-communist States

Current Trends and Future Prospects

9781858988153 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Charles Bukowski, Associate Professor of International Studies, Bradley University, US and Barnabas Racz, Professor of Political Science, Eastern Michigan University, US
Publication Date: 1999 ISBN: 978 1 85898 815 3 Extent: 192 pp
This volume offers a thorough empirical analysis of the experiences of the left-wing parties in post-communist states and assesses their prospects for the future.

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This volume offers a thorough empirical analysis of the experiences of the left-wing parties in post-communist states and assesses their prospects for the future.

The volume examines the fortunes of the political left in selected post-communist countries: Russia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Romania. Regardless of their individual experiences, they all face similar challenges relating to their authoritarian past. These challenges include building a civil society and combating an under-developed party system and a mercurial electorate, combined with the political and social pressures associated with the transformation to a market economy. Six country studies all address how the left-wing parties have returned to the political stage and discuss their prospects for the future. The volume finds that the left has been a resilient, and generally underestimated, force in post-communist states aided by a unique combination of history, geography, commerce and social/cultural values.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars as well as policy practitioners with responsibility for post-communist regions.
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Contributors: C. Bukowski, M.A. Cichock, T.D. Clark, D. Fink-Hafner, N. Harsanyi, B. Racz, R.M. Tucker, J. Wrobel
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Contents: Preface: Defining the Left 1. The Return of the Left: Causes and Consequences 2. The Russian Left in Transition 3. Lithuania Beyond the Return of the Left 4. Left Politics in Post-communist Hungary 5. Young, Westernized, Moderate: The Polish Left after Communism 6. The Left in Slovenia 7. From Red Star to Roses: The Left in Post-communist Romania 8. Understanding the Left and Its Future Index
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