Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation / Edition 1

Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation / Edition 1

by Herbert Kitschelt
     
 

ISBN-10: 052165890X

ISBN-13: 9780521658904

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Post-Communist Party Systems examines democratic party competition in four post-communist polities in the mid-1990s: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Legacies of pre-communist rule turn out to play as much a role in accounting for differences as the institutional diversity incorporated in the new democratic rules of the game. The book…  See more details below

Overview

Post-Communist Party Systems examines democratic party competition in four post-communist polities in the mid-1990s: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Legacies of pre-communist rule turn out to play as much a role in accounting for differences as the institutional diversity incorporated in the new democratic rules of the game. The book demonstrates various developments within the four countries with regard to different voter appeal of parties, patterns of voter representation, and dispositions to join other parties in legislative or executive alliances. The authors also present interesting avenues of comparison for broader sets of countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521658904
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Democracy and Party Competition1
Pt. ITheory: Party Systems and the Procedural Quality of Post-Communist Democracy
1Historical Legacies and Strategies of Democratization: Pathways toward Post-Communist Polities19
2The Quality of Post-Communist Democracy: Patterns of Party Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Collaboration43
Pt. IISetting and Research Strategy
3From Communist Rule to Democracy: Four Central and East European Countries95
4Empirical Research Strategy133
Pt. IIIThe Structuring of Party Competition
5Programmatic Citizen-Elite Linkage Strategies across Post-Communist Polities157
6Linkage Strategies within Party Systems: Diversity among Parties195
Pt. IVPolitical Alignments and Dimensions of Competition
7Political Divides and Alignments: The Politicians' Perspective223
8Electoral Constituency Alignments: Emerging Political Cleavages?262
Pt. VPolitical Representation and the Quality of Democratic Governance
9Political Representation309
10The Governability of Post-Communist Democracies: Coalition Politics between Passions and Policy Interests345
Conclusion
11The Diversity of Post-Communist Democratic Governance383
App. IList of Political Parties and Electoral Alliances409
App. IIQuestionnaire for the Elite Study412
App. IIIPopulation Survey Questions (Policy Opinions)423
Bibliography425
Index449

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