Testing party models in east-central Europe: local party organization in postcommunist Poland

Szczerbiak, Aleks (1999) Testing party models in east-central Europe: local party organization in postcommunist Poland. Party Politics, 5 (4). 525 - 537. ISSN 1354-0688

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Abstract

This article seeks to relate hypotheses about how party structure and organization will develop in postcommunist East-Central Europe to empirical research conducted at the local level in Poland. The parties' membership bases and degree of local implantation are examined, together with their local organizational infrastructure and the pattern of local-national relations, particularly in the case of local parliamentary candidate selection. The research confirms a pattern of weak grounding in civil society and dependence on the state for financial and material resources (with the partial exceptions of the two 'successor' parties with their roots in the communist regime), together with centralized decision-making combined with sectoral local autonomy. Of the 'new' parties, only Solidarity Electoral Action has been able to match the 'successor' parties' dominance by utilizing the Solidarity trade union's local organizational network.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: East-Central Europe, party organization, Poland
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:59
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 13:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29009
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