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Party Systems in Transition: A Comparative Study of Party Systems in Eastern Europe

Elgström, Ludvig (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The evolution of the party system in Eastern Europe is, according to scientist like Jack Bielasiak and Gary Reich, very similar to each other. According to them, the system will first polarize into two competing factions, the communist party or its successor on the one hand and the por-democratic opposition on the other. The party system will then fragment into a jungle of parties that fight for the places in parliament. This phase won't last long however and a new pluralized system will eolve, according to Bielasiak. This paper will first investigate whether Hungary and the Czech Republic serv as good examples for this theory. I will then go on to analyze whether Bulgaria and the Ukraine also follow this pre-determined path. I will use... (More)
The evolution of the party system in Eastern Europe is, according to scientist like Jack Bielasiak and Gary Reich, very similar to each other. According to them, the system will first polarize into two competing factions, the communist party or its successor on the one hand and the por-democratic opposition on the other. The party system will then fragment into a jungle of parties that fight for the places in parliament. This phase won't last long however and a new pluralized system will eolve, according to Bielasiak. This paper will first investigate whether Hungary and the Czech Republic serv as good examples for this theory. I will then go on to analyze whether Bulgaria and the Ukraine also follow this pre-determined path. I will use election data to establich whether these relations are true.My conclusions are that the Czech Republic and Hungary has continued to follow the theory of Bielasiak and that his theory is applicable to some extent on Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Reich's theory is less so. (Less)
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author
Elgström, Ludvig
supervisor
organization
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
Party system, Eastern Europe, ECE, Election, Bulgaria, Ukraine, democratization, consolidation, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
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1325644
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
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2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {The evolution of the party system in Eastern Europe is, according to scientist like Jack Bielasiak and Gary Reich, very similar to each other. According to them, the system will first polarize into two competing factions, the communist party or its successor on the one hand and the por-democratic opposition on the other. The party system will then fragment into a jungle of parties that fight for the places in parliament. This phase won't last long however and a new pluralized system will eolve, according to Bielasiak. This paper will first investigate whether Hungary and the Czech Republic serv as good examples for this theory. I will then go on to analyze whether Bulgaria and the Ukraine also follow this pre-determined path. I will use election data to establich whether these relations are true.My conclusions are that the Czech Republic and Hungary has continued to follow the theory of Bielasiak and that his theory is applicable to some extent on Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Reich's theory is less so.},
  author       = {Elgström, Ludvig},
  keyword      = {Party system,Eastern Europe,ECE,Election,Bulgaria,Ukraine,democratization,consolidation,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Party Systems in Transition: A Comparative Study of Party Systems in Eastern Europe},
  year         = {2006},
}