Understanding the politics of the Right in contemporary East-Central Europe

Szczerbiak, A and Hanley, S (2004) Understanding the politics of the Right in contemporary East-Central Europe. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 20 (4). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1352-3279

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Abstract

Despite their importance in contemporary European politics, parties of the centre-right remain a strikingly under-researched area in both West European and, in particular in, post-communist Eastern European comparative politics. Compared with the voluminous literature on the left-wing communist successor parties or on the extreme right, little has been written on post-communist centre-right formations in terms of either empirical case studies or attempts to develop explanatory frameworks. In addition to the vague boundaries between far right and centre-right in Eastern Europe, liberal and agrarian parties, which have been absorbed into consolidated centre-right blocs in most West European democracies, often appear as small ‘centrist’ groups in a post-communist context. Further unresolved questions concerning the origins of the post-communist centre-right; its social bases, ideologies and responses to the new challenges of Europeanization and globalization combine to make it a particularly rich, if complex, vein of comparative research that has so far gone largely unaddressed. This article presents a discussion and overview of these issues as an introduction to a special issue of the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics on the centre-right in Eastern Europe

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 12:19
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 12:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15979
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