The communist successor parties of Central and Eastern Europe /
András Bozóki, John T. Ishiyama, editors.
Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, c2002.
xvii, 501 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
076560986X (alk. paper)
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Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, c2002.
076560986X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 435-471) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-09-01:
Bozoki (Central European Univ., Budapest) and Ishiyama (Truman State Univ.) have produced a volume with many contributors that combines analysis of the existing literature on communist successor parties with an attempt to forge a useful new framework of theory to explain these parties' adaptation to the post-Cold War domestic and international environment. The book is divided into three sections. Part 1 provides an introductory theoretical perspective. Part 2 deals with particular parties and is written by prominent specialists on the parties. Part 3 is devoted to theoretical conclusions. Well-founded generalizations explain a great deal of the variation in parties' adaptation; however, much of the variation can be explained only by reference to crucial variables that differ greatly from country to country. Although most of the authors treat political culture of the communist era as important, only Jeffrey Murer seriously considers the effects of precommunist political culture. Perhaps the most impressive essay is that by Daniel Ziblatt and Nick Biziouras, who argue persuasively that availability of resources is the most important variable determining adaptation strategies of the successor parties. Excellent bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. J. Mitchell emeritus, University of New Orleans
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What has become of the Communist parties that once held monopoly power in the east bloc? A decade ago it was assumed that they would dissolve, but many of them have enjoyed electoral success. This book systemtically exmaines how they have evolved.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
About the Editors and Contributors
Introduction and Theoretical Framework
Constraints and Opportunities in the Strategic Conduct of Post-Communist Successor Parties Regime Legacies as Casual Argument
Prospects and Limits of New Social Democracyu in the Transitional Societies of Central Europe
Case Studies
The Polish SLD in the 1990s From Opposition to Incumbents and Back
The Hungarian Socialists Technocratic Modernization or New Social Democracy?
The Troubled Evolution of Slovakia's Ex-Communists
The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia after 1989 "Subcultural Party" to Neocommunist Force?
The PDSRegional Party or a Second Social-Democratic Party in Germany?
The Romanian Postcommunist PartiesA Story of Success
The Yugoslav "Left" Parties Continuities of Communist Tradition in the Milosevic Era
The Metamorphosis of the Communist Party of Lithuania Diana
The Russian KPRF The Powerless of the Powerful
Theoretical and Comparative Considerations
A Typology of Communist Successor Parties An Overview
Doomed to be Radicals?Organization, Ideology, and the Communist Successor Parties in East Central Europe
The Return of the Left and Democratic Consolidation in Poland and Hungary
The Effects of Communist Party Transformation on the Institutionalization of Party Systems
Changing Cleavage Structure and the Communist Successor Parties of the Visegrad Countries
Mainstreaming Extremism The Romanian PDSR and the Bulgarian Socialists in Comparative Perspective Jeffrey
Organizational Strength Divorced from PowerComparing the Communist Parties of the Russian Federation and Ukraine
An Unfinished Story Toward Explaining the Transformation of the Communist Successor Parties
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