The Left Transformed in Post-Communist Societies: The Cases of East-Central Europe, Russia, and Ukraine

The Left Transformed in Post-Communist Societies: The Cases of East-Central Europe, Russia, and Ukraine


probably the most unforeseen results of the Soviet bloc's transition out of communism has been the divergent yet vital paths via as soon as ruling communist events. In Poland, Hungary, and Lithuania these events reworked themselves into pro-Western loose industry heart leftists who've received elections and shaped governing coalitions periodically because the early Nineteen Nineties. the outcome has been former communists major their international locations into NATO and the european whilst their conservative rivals proceed to sentence them for his or her communist earlier. No much less staggering has been the power of anti-Western neo-Leninist communist events in Russia and Ukraine to win huge pluralities of votes in loose aggressive elections. Their very energy has contributed to blocking off actual democratic alternation of strength. via making use of a different cross-regional comparative framework The Left reworked explores the divergent trajectories of ex-ruling communist events in key international locations of the previous Soviet Empire. In-depth interviews, social gathering presses and first files, and nationwide election info offer a beginning for the main updated exam of get together transition, association, ideology, and electoral fortunes via overdue 2002. This publication is a useful source for an individual attracted to modern historical past, political events, or comparative govt in japanese Europe and Russia.

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