Stabilising Fragile Democracies: New Party Systems in Southern and Eastern Europe

Stabilising Fragile Democracies: New Party Systems in Southern and Eastern Europe

by Paul Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415118026

ISBN-13: 9780415118026

Pub. Date: 12/18/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Political parties play a central, if not the central, political role in parliamentary democracies. They are also likely to play a key role in the establishment of new parliamentary democracies. This volume provides a systematic comparison of the democratic transitions in both Eastern and Southern Europe from this point of view. There are four main themes concerning

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Political parties play a central, if not the central, political role in parliamentary democracies. They are also likely to play a key role in the establishment of new parliamentary democracies. This volume provides a systematic comparison of the democratic transitions in both Eastern and Southern Europe from this point of view. There are four main themes concerning the role of parties that are examined: coping with the past (party identities and inheritances),the formation and performance of new democratic political elites, parties and alliances and their electoral behaviour. These themes guide the case studies, (which are written in comparative perspective), in four countries in both Southern and Eastern Europe. The countries covered include Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria. Democratization is a very complex process, but what the study of political parties does is to focus on an area that links many of them. This book is intended to be a guide to students wishing to make sense of democratization and the role of political parties in that process.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415118026
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/18/1995
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1590L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
Introduction: Stabilising fragile democracies and party system development1
1Party inheritances and party identities23
2From nomenclatura to clientura: the emergence of new political elites in east-central Europe44
3Structuring the new party systems after the dictatorship: coalitions, alliances, fusions and splits during the transition and post-transition stages69
4Parties and electoral choices in east-central Europe100
5Italy's postwar transition in contemporary perspective126
6The emergence of new party systems and transitions to democracy: Spain in comparative perspective145
7Securing democracy in post-authoritarian Greece: the role of political parties167
8The revenge of history: the Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian transitions - some comparisons186
9The emergence of new party systems and transitions to democracy: Romania and Portugal compared206
10The formation of political parties in post-communist Poland229
11Bulgaria's new party system254
Index266

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