Lexington Books, 2014. — 221 p. — ISBN 978-0739182765.Party Systems in East Central Europe analyzes the formation of political parties in the nations of this region. In the first part, the authors concentrate on the key periods and turning points in this development, connecting them with the democratization of the countries in the region in the last third of the nineteenth century. This includes a look at the period before World War I, between the wars, and particularly in the times after the fall of the communist regimes. The analysis focuses chiefly on the ideological background that gave way to the rise of political parties in the region. In relation to this, the authors base their writing mainly on the socio-political theory of Stein Rokkan. The second part of the book is a political analysis of the key aspects related to party politics. First, the authors examine the ties of political parties to broad social processes, using the classic theories of Giovanni Sartori and Stein Rokkan. Next, they continue with the analysis of the operation of parties within governments, with a special focus on the creation of coalition governments, functioning of coalitions and coalition governance. Last, some defects are reflected upon, as well as unfinished processes related to the fast establishment of political parties in the region, e.g., absence of firm links with social groups, high volatility, instability of parties, etc. Ladislav Cabada is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Humanities at Metropolitan University, Prague and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of West Bohemia. Vít Hloušek is associate professor in the Faculty of Social Studies and director of the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University. Petr Jurek is assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of West Bohemia.
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