Title

The Historical Foundations of Party Politics in Post-Communist East Central Europe

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2007

Publication Source

Europe-Asia Studies

Volume

59

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

541-566

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Place of Publication

Abingdon, UK

ISBN/ISSN

0966-8136

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This article gauges how plausible deep historical explanations are in accounting for the emergence of particular types of parties in post-communist Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Generating and testing hypotheses from the centuries-long historical logic of Lipset and Rokkan’s model of cleavage and party development, it finds that the historical foundations of post-communist parties may be deeper than most analyses assume and that the influence of the communist era may be less than is often believed. While a full understanding of the emergence of post-communist party types requires both historical and non-historical explanations, historical ones should not be underestimated.

Keywords

Political Parties, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Social Cleavages, Lipset-Rokkan

Disciplines

Eastern European Studies | European History | Political Science | Politics and Social Change

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