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Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of Communist Parties in East Central Europe / Edition 1
     

Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of Communist Parties in East Central Europe / Edition 1

by Anna M. Grzymala-Busse, Peter Lange, Robert H. Bates
 

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ISBN-10: 0521001463

ISBN-13: 9780521001465

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Grzymala-Busse (political science, Yale U.) examines how the seemingly discredited communist parties of East Central Europe have managed to reshape themselves into surprisingly successful electoral forces, sometimes even returning to govern through free elections. She rejects the argument that these successes were solely due to the enormous stress of transition, which

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Grzymala-Busse (political science, Yale U.) examines how the seemingly discredited communist parties of East Central Europe have managed to reshape themselves into surprisingly successful electoral forces, sometimes even returning to govern through free elections. She rejects the argument that these successes were solely due to the enormous stress of transition, which created an entire class of economic losers, instead argues that the parties had their greatest successes where they appealed to numerous, wide-ranging constituencies from elderly pensioners, to young entrepreneurs. She argues that those parties that were most successful in transforming themselves were already characterized by a willingness to negotiate with pragmatic elites and be flexible in their goals and practices even before the fall of the communist regimes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521001465
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesx
List of Acronymsxii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Introduction: Surviving Democracy1
1The Roots of Regeneration: Communist Practices and Elite Resources19
2Breaking with the Past, Reorganizing for the Future69
3Developing Programmatic Responsiveness123
4Convincing the Voters: Campaigns and Elections175
5Parliamentary Effectiveness and Coalitions227
Conclusion: Succeeding in Democracy265
Appendix AThe Content Analysis of Programs285
Appendix BThe Quantitative Analysis of Electorates294
Appendix CThe Structures of Competition303
Bibliography305
Index333

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