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

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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.
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"Welcome in the field." Comparative Politics

"This hefty tome is the most substantial piece of research yet to emerge from the study of the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe." Choice

"This hefty tome is the most substantial piece of research yet to emerge from the study of the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe." Choice

"This outstanding volume, authorized by a multi-national team and deploying an empirically sophisticated and theoretically driven research program, attempts to explain variation in the quality of democratic accountability, governability, and responsiveness in four postcommunist states...The result is an engaging and highly nuanced account that highlights the structuring role of communist-era legacies in shaping choices concerning new political institutions and the quality of democratic procedures...the book is theoretically rich, methodologically innovative, and opens new avenues for further research...a work of great distinction." Slavic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521658904
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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 Competition 1
Pt. I Theory: Party Systems and the Procedural Quality of Post-Communist Democracy
1 Historical Legacies and Strategies of Democratization: Pathways toward Post-Communist Polities 19
2 The Quality of Post-Communist Democracy: Patterns of Party Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Collaboration 43
Pt. II Setting and Research Strategy
3 From Communist Rule to Democracy: Four Central and East European Countries 95
4 Empirical Research Strategy 133
Pt. III The Structuring of Party Competition
5 Programmatic Citizen-Elite Linkage Strategies across Post-Communist Polities 157
6 Linkage Strategies within Party Systems: Diversity among Parties 195
Pt. IV Political Alignments and Dimensions of Competition
7 Political Divides and Alignments: The Politicians' Perspective 223
8 Electoral Constituency Alignments: Emerging Political Cleavages? 262
Pt. V Political Representation and the Quality of Democratic Governance
9 Political Representation 309
10 The Governability of Post-Communist Democracies: Coalition Politics between Passions and Policy Interests 345
Conclusion
11 The Diversity of Post-Communist Democratic Governance 383
App. I List of Political Parties and Electoral Alliances 409
App. II Questionnaire for the Elite Study 412
App. III Population Survey Questions (Policy Opinions) 423
Bibliography 425
Index 449
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