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PARTY FORMATION IN EAST–CENTRAL EUROPE

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PARTY FORMATION IN EAST–CENTRAL EUROPE

Post-Communist Politics in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria

9781858981321 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gordon Wightman, Lecturer in the School of Politics and Communicatin Studies, University of Liverpool, UK
Publication Date: 1995 ISBN: 978 1 85898 132 1 Extent: 296 pp
Party Formation in East–Central Europe is one of the first books to present detailed studies of politics in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria during the initial three years of post-communist rule.

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Party Formation in East–Central Europe is one of the first books to present detailed studies of politics in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria during the initial three years of post-communist rule.

International scholars have collaborated to produce a volume which examines the first steps in regime change and the opportunities for a successful transition to democracy. As well as examining the creation of new party systems after the end of communist rule in each country, the papers in this volume adopt a comparative perspective which highlights the regional dimension. In particular, the authors place the post-communist experience in the context of the earlier transitions from authoritarian rule in Southern Europe. They discuss whether the experience of Portugal and Spain in the 1970s and Italy in the 1940s might serve as a framework for the analysis of East–Central Europe in the 1990s.
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‘. . . a welcome addition to our stock of knowledge regarding the process of democratization. . . . the real value of the book lies in the empirical details and occasional suggestive comparisons rather than in a consistently convincing conceptual rendering of the opening pages of the new chapter in East-Central European history.’
– Frank A. Kunz, Canadian Journal of Political Science

‘Party Formation in East–Central Europe is an excellent book. It is encouraging that many of the articles were written by scholars who are of Eastern European origins and live in the area.’
– Ann Griffiths, International Insights

‘The essays in the volume outline the initial process and indicate some of the difficulties already faced. This in itself is a major contribution; hopefully this volume represents only a begining and future studies will include other states in the area.’
– Stanislav Kirschbaum, Slavonica
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Contents: 1. Political Parties and their Strategies in the Transition from Authoritarian Rule: the Comparative Perspective (G. Pridham) 2. Poland’s New Parties in the Post-communist Political System (P.G. Lewis) 3. On the Road to Democracy: the Emergence of Political Parties in Poland (R.Gortat and P. Marciniak) 4. The Development of the Party System and the Break-up of Czech-oslovakia (G. Wightman) 5. Changing Party Allegiances in a Changing Party System: the 1990 and 1992 Parliamentary Elections in Czechoslovakia (T. Kosteleck) 6. Political Parties, Value Orientations and Slovakia’s Road to Independence (Z. Bútorova and M. Bútora) 7. The First Three Years of a Multi-party System in Hungary (L. Kéri and A. Levendel) 8. Differentiation Postponed: Party Pluralism in Bulgaria (G. Karasimeonov) 9. Impediments to Democratization in Post-communist East–Central Europe (Bill Lomax) 10. Impediments to the Development of Democratic Politics: A Czech Perspective (Z. Zboril) 11. Starting-up Problems: Communists, Social Democrats and Greens (M. Waller) 12. Conclusions (G. Wightman) Bibliography Index
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