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Elections, Parties and Representation in Post-Communist Europe - Frances Millard

Elections, Parties and Representation in Post-Communist Europe

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Elections, Parties and Representation in Post-Communist Europe stresses the ways in which the development of political parties affected the quality of democracy, the nature of political representation, and political accountability in the early stages of post-communist politics. It also analyzes the nature and consequences of the corpus of parliamentary candidates and deputies for the representation of social classes, women and minorities. In contrast with the wide social profile of communist parliaments, politics largely became the playground of new highly educated male elites.

Winner of the BASEES George Blazyca Prize , in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the field of East European Studies

For more information see the prize website: http://www.basees.org.uk/blazycaprize.html

List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xiii
List of Party Acronymsp. xvii
Introduction: Representation, Political Parties, and the Quality of Democracyp. 1
The role of electionsp. 1
Democracy and democratisationp. 3
Political developments in post-communist Europep. 3
Representation and the electoral processp. 7
Elections, parties, and representationp. 9
The datap. 15
Representation and Electionsp. 18
Representation in Western European democraciesp. 18
Communist approaches to representationp. 29
The post-communist context and the founding electionsp. 32
Conclusionp. 45
Political Parties and their Evolutionp. 47
Party types in Central and Eastern Europep. 48
The first stages of party developmentp. 49
Electoral parties: the parties of powerp. 58
The further shaping of the centre-rightp. 61
The development of electoral partiesp. 65
The emergence of populist partiesp. 69
Conclusion: the menu of electoral choicep. 71
Voters and the Electoral Mechanismp. 73
Turnoutp. 73
Invalid votesp. 81
Wasted votesp. 83
Preference votingp. 91
Conclusionp. 96
Voters and Electoral Outcomesp. 100
Government formationp. 101
The burden of incumbencyp. 106
Successful partiesp. 108
New partiesp. 114
Radical partiesp. 119
Conclusionp. 127
Political Parties and Party Systemsp. 129
The number of partiesp. 130
Parties in parliamentp. 133
Parliamentary factions in Russia and the Ukrainep. 138
Promoting party consolidationp. 140
Party systems in Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Sloveniap. 143
Partial stabilisationp. 150
Conclusionp. 153
Standing for Office: Parties and their Candidatesp. 156
Candidate selectionp. 158
The occupational profile of candidatesp. 162
Political parties and their candidatesp. 170
Conclusionp. 182
The Representation of Womenp. 184
The social composition of parliaments in the new democracies: genderp. 184
Approaches to the representation of womenp. 187
Testing theories in Central and Eastern Europep. 190
The occupational profile of women candidatesp. 193
Political parties and their candidatesp. 199
The electoral systemp. 207
Conclusionp. 221
The Political Representation of National Minoritiesp. 224
Democracy and minority rightsp. 224
Minorities in Central and Eastern Europep. 226
The constitutional frameworkp. 227
Provisions for minority representationp. 232
The ethno-party strategyp. 234
The changing strategies of the Russian Baltsp. 243
The Romap. 248
The smaller minoritiesp. 250
Conclusionp. 251
Conclusion: Elections, Parties, and Representationp. 253
Regime change in post-communist Europep. 253
The dislocations of transitionp. 256
The new political actorsp. 257
Types of political partyp. 263
Representation and the electoral processp. 269
Conclusionp. 278
Notesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 318
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9781403905789
ISBN-10: 1403905789
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 7th April 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1