Examines the backgrounds and current development of political parties in post-Cold War Central Europe.
This collection of essays summarizes one of the most fascinating developments of contemporary history: the peaceful revolution of the Central European nations from a long period of authoritarian regimes to Western democracy. It looks at the pre-Communist history of political parties and then examines the extent to which party politics has changed in the post-Cold War world.
After reviewing the various theories of cleavage and considering the interrelationships among cleavages, parties, and voters, 15 essays by indigenous scholars provide general historical background and identify specific new cleavages in each nation, and trace the activities of the more important parties in each nation. Voter response to the new political situation and parties is analyzed.
Preface Introduction Cleavage Structures and Party Systems in East and Central Europe by Andrea Römmele Cleavages, Parties, and Voters by Kay Lawson Cleavages and Parties prior to 1989 Between Democracy and Authoritarianism in Bulgaria by Georgi Karasimeonov Cleavages and Parties prior to 1989 in the Czech Republic by Lubomír Brokl Hungarian Cleavages and Parties prior to 1989 by György G. Márkus Parties, Party Systems, and Cleavages in Poland: 1918-1989 by Hieronim Kubiak Romania: Cleavages and Parties before 1989 by Petre Datculescu Cleavages and Parties after 1989 Past and New Cleavages in Post-Communist Bulgaria by Georgi Karasimeonov Czech Political Parties and Cleavages after 1989 by Josef Blahoz, Lubomír Brokl, and Zdenka Mansfeldovà Cleavages and Parties in Hungary after 1989 by György G. Márkus Political Parties and Cleavage Crystallization inPoland 1989-1993 by Jerzy J. Wiatr Romania: Parties and Issues after 1989 by Petre Datculescu How the Voters Respond How the Voters Respond in Bulgaria by Vladimir Shopov How the Voters Respond in the Czech Republic by Lubomír Brokl and Zdenka Mansfeldovà Cleavages and Spaces of Competition in Hungary by Jànos Simon How the Voters Respond in Poland by Jacek Raciborski Patterns of Voter Alignments in Present-Day Romania by Petre Datculescu Index