Interests and values: Polish parties and their electorates

Szczerbiak, Aleks (1999) Interests and values: Polish parties and their electorates. Europe-Asia Studies, 51 (8). 1401 -1432. ISSN 09668136

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The distribution of power between leaders and members, relationships with the state and civil society and whether or not they seek to enrol and mobilise their supporters are obviously all important issues to consider when determining what kinds of political parties are emerging in post-communist Eastern Europe. However, in some ways a more fundamental and basic question is: what is the nature of these parties' links with their electorates? Before considering whether or not parties are seeking to organise and encapsulate their voters, it is necessary to determine precisely what kind of electorates they are attracting and seeking to attract in the first place. This article, therefore, seeks to increase our understanding of the type of party that is developing in Eastern Europe by examining the electoral strategies and policies of the six main parties and groupings to have emerged in Poland since the collapse of communism and emergence of pluralist politics in 1989.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:24
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 14:20
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