The Politics of Central Europe provides a thorough introduction to East Central Europe and its renewed emergence since the momentous changes in the former Soviet bloc. By carefully differentiating between Central Europe, East Central Europe, and the Balkans, Attila -gh shows how the term Eastern Europe was a political misnomer of the Cold War. Drawing on theories of democratization to develop a common conceptual and theoretical framework, this book is the first to place the political and social changes of this complex region in a genuinely comparative perspective. Clearly organized into broad thematic sections, the student is shown how to distinguish between processes of democratization and redemocratization, transition, and transformation and is introduced to the important issues of Europeanization, nation-building, institutionalization, parties, and political culture. Illustrated throughout with chronological charts and the latest data analysis, The Politics of Central Europe provides an invaluable guide to the emerging political systems and the future prospects for systemic change at the core of the new Europe. It will be essential reading to all students of democratization, comparative politics, and European politics.
Chapter 5: The Role of Political Parties: Political Culture and Electoral Behaviour
The Role of Political Parties: Political Culture and Electoral Behaviour
Parties and Party Systems in Democratic Transition
Parties have been the chief actors of systemic change in its first two periods: in the pre-transition crisis and democratic transition. By now they have achieved a partial consolidation in East Central Europe and some stabilization in the Balkans. A more detailed analysis of the ECE parties gives us a point of departure for the description of the Balkan parties which have shown more ‘infantile ...