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Stabilising Fragile Democracies : Comparing New Party Systems in Southern and Eastern Europe - Paul Lewis

Stabilising Fragile Democracies

Comparing New Party Systems in Southern and Eastern Europe

By: Paul Lewis (Editor)

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Political Parties and the Transition to Democracy provides a systematic comparison of the democratic transitions in both Eastern and Southern Europe. Political Parties often play a crucial role in the process of democratization and the establishment of new parliamentary democracies. They often form as a result of opposition to a previous authoritarian regime and their performance during the transition to democracy can give a good indication as to the nature of, and prospects for, the new democracy.

Four main themes concerning the role of parties are examined - "coping with the past" (party identities and inheritances); the formation and performance of new democratic political elites; parties and alliances/coalitions; and their electoral behavior. These themes are discussed in comparative perspective with the aid of four case studies from both Southern and Eastern Europe. The countries covered include Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria.

Democratization is a very complex process because it operates on many levels; By studying political parties this book focuses on an area that links many of the levels. Political Parties and the Transition of Democracy makes sense of democratization and the role of parties in that process.

Introduction: Stabilising fragile democracies and party system development / Geoffrey Pridham and Paul Lewis -- 1. Party inheritances and party identities / Michael Waller -- 2. From nomenclatura to clientura: the emergence of new political elites in east-central Europe / Attila Agh -- 3. Structuring the new party systems after the dictatorship: coalitions, alliances, fusions and splits during the transition and post-transition stages / Maurizio Cotta -- 4. Parties and electoral choices in east-central Europe / Gabor Toka -- 5. Italy's postwar transition in contemporary perspective / Oreste Massari -- 6. The emergence of new party systems and transitions to democracy: Spain in comparative perspective / Paul Heywood -- 7. Securing democracy in post-authoritarian Greece: the role of political parties / Michalis Spourdalakis -- 8. The revenge of history: the Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian transitions - some comparisons / Andras Bozoki and Bill Lomax.

ISBN: 9780203430132
ISBN-10: 0203430131
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 14th December 1995