Political Parties in Post-communist Eastern Europe

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Political Science - 202 pages
Political Parties in Post-Communist Eastern Europe is the first textbook to survey the course of party developments in eastern Europe as a whole in the post-Communist period. This book relates the specifics of the post-communist situation to the broader picture of the early stages of party development in western Europe and also to contemporary models of party organisation in established democracies.
The book includes:
a brief historical introduction to the context of post-communist change
the process of competitive party formation and democratic elections
the development of independent parties; their ideologies, and electoral volatility
the structure and level of organisation developed by new parties
an analysis of stable party systems which have emerged in eastern Europe and the contribution they make to emerging democracies in the region
Party Politics in Post-Communist Eastern Europe will be a comprehensive and invaluable resource, accessible to undergraduates of politics and European studies, as well as the non-specialist reader.
 

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Contents

comparative perspectives
18
The context and process of party formation
31
Party families in eastern Europe
49
The sequence of postcommunist elections
74
Effective parties and parliament fragmentation
87
Party structure
103
Relations with the media
112
Competitive politics and party systems in eastcentral Europe
129
The relative autonomy of party systems
148
Annex party profiles
164
Bibliography
187
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