Origin, Ideology and Transformation of Political Parties: East-Central and Western Europe Compared

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Philosophy - 263 pages
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Two decades have now passed since the transition to democracy began in Eastern Europe, transforming dictatorships into democracies. Today the West and East-Central European countries share a common political space - the European Union. This offers a fascinating perspective for analysis of the similarities and differences, and a search for their roots.

In this book, Vit Hlousek and Lubomir Kopecek critically apply the party-families approach to political parties in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. With chapters devoted to social democrats, greens, the far right and left amongst many others, the book charts the party's origins, ideologies, and international ties alongside their Western European counterparts. By examining the political relevance of different party families, Hlousek and Kopecek are able to assess the validity of this typology in the analysis of the transformation of political parties in this region.

Detailed analysis coupled with an innovative application of the party families approach, makes this book an essential read for students and scholars of party politics.
  

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Contents

Types of Political Parties and Party Families
1
Long Way of Adaptation
15
Family Diversity and Traditionalist Nostalgia in East
41
Success in the West Fooling Around in the East
67
Remembrance of Things Past
87
The Liberals Or the Curse of the Political Center
105
Between Adaptation and a Struggle
131
Between Tradition and Change
157
Between Tradition and Postmodernity
181
Rise in the West
203
Party Families in EastCentral and Western Europe at
215
Bibliography
227
Party Documents
255
Index
261
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