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The ex-communist's policy of forgetting in Romania after 1990

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Gussi, Alexandru

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Abstract The first part of this text illustrates the conditions and the context in which the political utilization of the communist past become central in the process of redesigning Romanian political culture after 1990. Furthermore, the text refers to the manner in which the newly emerged post-communist power has represented and referred to the communist past, while in the end it analyzes the identity and the role played by the political party that mainly influenced the Romanian transition, namely today's PSD, the Party of Social Democracy. The political attitudes towards the past which shaped the Romanian political scene before 2000 play now a lesser role. But this fact appears as a sign of a crisis of Romanian pluralism, not as a result of a successful democratization.
Keywords communism; reminiscence; party system; social democratic party; political culture; coming to terms with the past; attitude
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 273-290
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 9 (2009) 2
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works