Parliamentary Elites in Central and Eastern Europe: Recruitment and Representation

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Elena Semenova, Michael Edinger, Heinrich Best
Routledge, Dec 13, 2013 - Political Science - 322 pages

Legislators are entrusted with key parliamentary functions and are important figures in the decision-making process. Their behaviour as political elites is as much responsible for the failures and successes of the new democracies as their institutional designs and constitutional reforms.

This book provides a comparative examination of representative elites and their role in democratic development in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It argues that as the drivers of the transformation process in CEE, individual and collective parliamentary actors matter. The authors provide an in-depth analysis of representatives from eleven national parliaments and explore country-specific features of recruitment and representation. They draw on an integrated dataset of parliamentary elites for individual, party family, and parliamentary variables over the 20 years following the collapse of Communism and develop a common framework for the analysis of variations in democratisation and political professionalisation between parliaments and political parties/party families across CEE.

This unique volume will be of interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, elite research, post-communist politics, democratisation, legislative studies, and parliamentary representation.


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an introduction
Part I Central European parliaments
Part II Baltic parliaments
Part III Southeast European parliaments
Part IV Post Soviet parliaments

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About the author (2013)

Elena Semenova was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Jena Graduate School "Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change". She now serves as Assistant Professor at the Free University Berlin, Germany.

Michael Edinger is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Jena, Germany.

Heinrich Best is Professor and Chair of Empirical Research and Analysis of Social Structures at the Institute of Sociology, University of Jena, Germany.

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