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Cabada, Hlou ek, and Jurek have written an excellent introduction to the party systems of East Central Europe. Accessible, comprehensive, and up-to-date, this book should find a broad readership among scholars and students of East Central European politics alike.--Cas Muddle, University of Georgia

This book is undoubtedly one of the best published in English to provide a full representation of East Central European party systems. The authors have diligently analyzed the party systems from the political turning point of 1989 to the present, taking into consideration the strong historical background of the region. A study of this topic requires a unique combination of theory with precise analysis of political events, processes, and procedures, and the authors of this book have succeeded in achieving this balance. This is a highly useful study that makes an important contribution to the field of political science.--Marek Bankowicz, Jagiellonian University

A particular value of this book lies in its grasp of party developments in post-socialist EU member states since the historical start of party politics in the nineteenth century, as well as its linking of the literature on history, democratization, and party politics. Due to this approach, the authors are not only able to identify the many similarities, but also the dissimilarities, which are important in studying political party developments and the factors that impact these developments. Furthermore, the volume features valuable empirical data which calls for the next step in party politics research to be taken, including research into parties from various regions in which the (post)communist contextual data is just one of a number of variables included in the comparative research of political parties and party systems.--Danica Fink-Hafner, University of Ljubljana

Party Systems in East Central Europe raises important issues and makes stimulating arguments about a range of factors that account for the formation of political parties in this region. The authors address several shortcomings that exist in this process, such as the absence of firm links with social groups, low party membership, high volatility, instability of parties, etc. They argue that all these deficiencies are not exclusively related to regional characteristics and post-communism, as similar tendencies also exist in Western Europe. Therefore, they conclude that the convergence process between East Central and Western European parties and party systems is faster than it was expected to be at the beginning of the 1990s. The strongest part of this book is its analysis of key periods and turning points in the rapid (re)establishment of East Central European political parties.--Darina Malova, Comenius University in Bratislava"

Ladislav Cabada, Vit Hlou ek, and Petr Jurek have written an excellent introduction to the party systems of East Central Europe. Accessible, comprehensive, and up-to-date, this book should find a broad readership among scholars and students of East Central European politics alike.--Cas Mudde, Associate Professor, the University of Georgia"

About the Author

Ladislav Cabada is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Humanities at Metropolitan University, Prague and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of West Bohemia. Vit Hlousek is associate professor in the Faculty of Social Studies and director of the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University. Petr Jurek is assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of West Bohemia.

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