Poles together?: emergence and development of political parties in postcommunist Poland

Szczerbiak, Aleks (2001) Poles together?: emergence and development of political parties in postcommunist Poland. Central European University Press, Budapest. ISBN 9639241237

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This book fills a gap in the existing literature on how parties and party systems are developing in the new democracies of post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe. It provides the first detailed, empirically based examination from a structural and organizational perspective of the new parties and political groupings that have emerged in Poland since the collapse of Communism in 1989. The author develops his argument on the basis of an analysis of five key structural and organizational variables: the internal distribution of power and modes of representation within the parties; the role of the party bureaucracy; the relationship between parties and their electorates; the development of parties as membership organizations; and the relationship between parties and the state. As the first in-depth, empirically grounded single-country study of party structure and organization in post-Communist Eastern Europe, the book provides an opportunity to draw broader conclusions about the process of Central and East European party development and will contribute significantly towards the development of a post-Communist political party model. Szczerbiak sheds light on an important aspect of the more general process of post-communist democratization in the region and provides a major contribution to one of the least-explored areas of transition.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: This was the first and most comprehensive empirically based examination of the new parties and political groupings that emerged in a post-communist state. It is the first, and to date, one of the very few attempts to analyse political parties in a new Central and East European democracy by making use of general models of party development that have been based primarily on the experience of Western Europe. It remains the standard work on Polish party development in the 1990s.
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 14:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16113
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