Hardback
January 11, 2001
9789639241237
English
300
9.21 Inches (US)
6.26 Inches (US)
1.35 Pounds (US)
$85.00 USD, £38.00 GBP
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Poles Together?

The Emergence and Development of Political Parties in Postcommunist Poland

By shedding light on an important aspect of the process of democratic transition in the region, the book offers broader conclusions about the process of East European party development and contributes towards the conception of a post-Communist political party model.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.

About the Author

Dr Aleks Szczerbiak is lecturer in Contemporary European Studies at the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex 

Endorsements

"A distinctive and original publication that makes an important contribution to the understanding of contemporary Central and East European politics."—Paul G. Lewis

"analyses the post-communist development of political parties in Poland by making use of general models of party development that have been primarily based on the experience of Western Europe. In approaching the subject this way it moves refreshingly beyond the approach taken by usual country studies." – Gordon Smith, London School of Economics—Gordon Smith

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