Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of Communist Parties in East Central Europe (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Redeeming the Communist Past: The Regeneration of Communist Parties in East Central Europe (Paperback)

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This major study examines one of the most surprising developments in East Central European politics after the democratic transitions of 1989: the completely unexpected regeneration of the former communist parties. After the collapse of the communist regimes in 1989, these ruling communist parties seemed consigned to oblivion. However, confounding scholarly and popular expectations, all of these parties survived. Some have even returned to power. This in-depth, comparative study systematically analyzes the trajectories of four cases: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary (with additional examination of other communist party successors). Relying on extensive, and unprecedented, primary research, this analysis employs a consistent analytical framework that combines the peculiarities of the post-socialist cases with broad theoretical concerns of institutional analysis, democratic transitions and consolidation, and party politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521001465
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm


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'Well-documented, and written in a smooth and accessible manner, this book will suit a wide audience.' Survival
' ... excellent comparative work.' International Affairs
'This is a superlative volume in both detail and scope. It is exhaustively researched, impressively synthesising interview data, archival material, historical sources, content analysis and comparative politics literature. Interesting and innovative empirical and theoretical points abound ... this book has set a standard hard to surpass.' Luke March, University of Edinburgh (Electronic newsletter of the ECPR-SG on Extremism and Democracy)
'Anna Gryzmala-Busse has produced a well-researched, intelligently argued monograph, which should be compulsory reading for anyone trying to understand the fate of the former communists in East-Central Europe.' Nations and Nationalism
'... this book is an exemplary piece of social science, in both the clarity of its comparative structure and in the thoroughness of its research ...'. Slavonica
'... a tour de force in both the depth and breadth of its empirical research and its theoretical acumen.' Party Politics
"This impressive case study examines the remarkable political transformation of the former ruling parties in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.... The book is a model of diligent research and intellectual clarity and would be excellent for courses on East central Europe or comparative transitions. It is also a book Russian communists should read to understand where they went wrong." Choice
"Anna Grzymala-Busse tackles some of the most important theoretical debates in the fields of democratic transition and party development...This is an impressive investigative menu, rendered even more so by a rich analytical execution that culminates in a provocative study...Grzymala-Busse weaves effortlessly between big theoretical issues and empirical case studies." Perspectives on Politics

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