Learning from the west: policy transfer and programmatic change in the communist successor parties of Eastern and Central Europe

Hough, Dan (2005) Learning from the west: policy transfer and programmatic change in the communist successor parties of Eastern and Central Europe. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 21 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1743-9116

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Abstract

Communist successor parties (CSPs) have never been a homogeneous group of political actors. Like their predecessors, the communist parties that ruled in each of the countries of the state-socialist world, initial perceptions of ideological coherence, programmatic similarity and organizational consistency apply in only the most superficial of ways. Some have ‘reformed’ much more extensively than others, but – as a group – CSPs remain significant as a politically influential family of parties, even if the ideological orientations and programmatic strategies of individual actors can vary quite considerably. In trying to pin down what these parties believe in, how they behave in the political arena and what differentiates them from other parties of the left and centre-left, the contributors to this collection define CSPs as those parties ‘that were formerly the governing party in the pre-1989 communist regime and which inherited the preponderance of the former ruling parties’ resources and personnel'. While it is clear that other definitions exist, this none the less succinctly sums up the parties with which we seek to deal.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Daniel Hough
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:35
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 10:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26776
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