The place of ‘party’ in postcommunist Europe

White, S.L., Miller, W.L., Heywood, P.M. and Wyman, M. (1998) The place of ‘party’ in postcommunist Europe. In: Norris, P. (ed.) Elections and Voting Behaviour: New Challenges, New Perspectives. Series: International Library of Politics and Comparative Government. Ashgate: Aldershot, UK, pp. 47-60. ISBN 9781855218024

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Using data from a survey of almost 6000 voters in five post-communist countries (Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic) designed by the authors and carried out in November and December 1993, the authors review evidence about citizens' formal commitment to parties compared with other forms of civic activity; about depth of trust in political parties; the effectiveness of action through political parties; desirable forms of party competition; and the depth of party identification in post-communist Europe. They conclude that while the degree of hostility to political parties remains significant, and identification remains low in comparative perspective, in none of the countries is there a desire among mass publics to see an end to party competition, and the place of party is in any event secured by elite consensus.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:Originally published as an article in 'Party Politics' (1995) Vol. 1, No. 4, pp.535-548
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Professor William and White, Professor Stephen
Authors: White, S.L., Miller, W.L., Heywood, P.M., and Wyman, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics

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