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Description - Political Parties After Communism by Tomas Kostelecky

After 40 years of one-party rule under Communist regimes, how were the countries of East-Central Europe to get back to the business of competitive politics in 1989? One key factor was the resumption of party politics, and this book reviews the post-Communist development of political parties in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. Tomas Kostelecky describes party history up to 1947 - some earlier parties were resurrected in 1989 - and then covers the Communist and post-Communist periods. Historical, cultural, and social factors in party development are all taken into account in this synthetic work. The core of the work studies three crucial factors: historical and cultural factors, social cleavages, and electoral rules. In general Kostelecky sees a move toward more organized political parties, greater rational choice and self-interest in voters' decisions, and better structured, stabler politics. In other words, East-Central European politics is transforming itself from simply a reaction against the politics of the preceding regime to a situation in which diverse groups in society will find their interests institutionalized in diverse political parties, not unlike the politics of Western Europe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801868511
ISBN-10: 0801868513
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Tomas Kostelecky

Tomas Kostelecky is senior researcher and scientific secretary, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences. He was recently a JSPS fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Sapporo, Japan. He was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1996-1997.