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The New Democracies in Eastern Europe : Party Systems and Political Cleavages : Studies of Communism in Transition - Sten Berglund

The New Democracies in Eastern Europe : Party Systems and Political Cleavages

Studies of Communism in Transition

By: Sten Berglund (Editor), Jan Ake Dellenbrant (Editor)

Hardcover Published: January 1994
ISBN: 9781852789329
Number Of Pages: 272

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Now fully revised and updated for the second edition, this unique and authoritative account of the party systems in Eastern Europe examines their development from the revolutions of the late 1980s to the present day.
The New Democracies in Eastern Europe presents a genuinely comparative perspective on the old and new party systems. Featuring detailed assessment and analysis of the situation in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, the volume draws upon research and opinion from a distinguished group of European scholars. Recognising that many of the social and political problems of the inter-war period continue to make themselves felt, the authors contend that the breakdown of the old authoritarian system was a by-product of a built-in and progressively worsening legitimacy crisis. Despite the great progress made by some East European countries, recent events confirm the view that authoritarianism has not lost its appeal.
As an up to date and comprehensive survey of political change and development in Eastern Europe - rapidly produced to present the most recent information - this book will be welcomed by researchers, teachers and students.

List of Tables and Figures
Notes on the Contributors
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Breakdown of Communism in Eastern Europep. 1
The Failure of Popular Democracyp. 14
Poland: Towards Overdeveloped Pluralismp. 36
The Re-Emergence of Multi-Partyism in the Baltic Statesp. 74
The Breakdown of the German Democratic Republicp. 117
Czechoslovakia: From Masaryk to Havelp. 142
The Transition to Competitive Pluralism in Hungaryp. 169
Romania: The Slow Revolutionp. 203
Bulgaria: The Continuing Revolutionp. 219
Prospects for the New Democracies in Eastern Europep. 238
Index of namesp. 253
Index of subjectsp. 259
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ISBN: 9781852789329
ISBN-10: 1852789328
Series: Studies of Communism in Transition
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: January 1994
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2

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