Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of Communist Parties in East Central Europe
This major study examines one of the most surprising developments in East Central European politics after the democratic transitions of 1989: the completely unexpected regeneration of the former communist parties. After the collapse of the communist regimes in 1989, these ruling communist parties seemed consigned to oblivion. However, confounding scholarly and popular expectations, all of these parties survived. Some have even returned to power.
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THE ROOTS OF REGENERATION COMMUNIST PRACTICES AND ELITE RESOURCES
BREAKING WITH THE PAST REORGANIZING FOR THE FUTURE
DEVELOPING PROGRAMMATIC RESPONSIVENESS
CONVINCING THE VOTERS CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS
PARLIAMENTARY EFFECTIVENESS AND COALITIONS
SUCCEEDING IN DEMOCRACY
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