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Post-Communist Party Systems : Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation - Herbert Kitschelt

Post-Communist Party Systems

Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation

Paperback Published: 20th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521658904
Number Of Pages: 472

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Post-Communist Party Systems examines democratic party competition in four post-communist polities in the mid-1990s, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Legacies of pre-communist rule turn out to play as much a role in accounting for differences as the institutional differences incorporated in the new democratic rules of the game. The book demonstrates various developments within the four countries with regard to different voter appeal of parties, patterns of voter representation, and dispositions to join other parties in legislative or executive alliances. The authors also present interesting avenues of comparison for broader sets of countries.

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List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Democracy and Party Competitionp. 1
Theory: Party Systems and the Procedural Quality of Post-Communist Democracy
Historical Legacies and Strategies of Democratization: Pathways toward Post-Communist Politiesp. 19
The Quality of Post-Communist Democracy: Patterns of Party Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Collaborationp. 43
Setting and Research Strategy
From Communist Rule to Democracy: Four Central and East European Countriesp. 95
Empirical Research Strategyp. 133
The Structuring of Party Competition
Programmatic Citizen-Elite Linkage Strategies across Post-Communist Politiesp. 157
Linkage Strategies within Party Systems: Diversity among Partiesp. 195
Political Alignments and Dimensions of Competition
Political Divides and Alignments: The Politicians' Perspectivep. 223
Electoral Constituency Alignments: Emerging Political Cleavages?p. 262
Political Representation and the Quality of Democratic Governance
Political Representationp. 309
The Governability of Post-Communist Democracies: Coalition Politics between Passions and Policy Interestsp. 345
The Diversity of Post-Communist Democratic Governancep. 383
List of Political Parties and Electoral Alliancesp. 409
Questionnaire for the Elite Studyp. 412
Population Survey Questions (Policy Opinions)p. 423
Bibliographyp. 425
Indexp. 449
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ISBN: 9780521658904
ISBN-10: 052165890X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 20th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.34  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64