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Theoretical Perspectives on Central Europe

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Surazska, Wieslawa

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Abstract Various theoretical perspectives on political developments in postcommunist Central Europe are considered. The paradigms of modernization & democratic theories are found insufficient to explain such phenomena as the renewal of ethnoregional identities typical of the region & sometimes lead to irredentism & secession. It is argued that these phenomena can be better understood in the context of Stein Rokkan's (1975) conceptions of state- & nation-building. Rokkan's theory on the critical junctures in history is tested on the return of the 1991 Polish parliamentary elections. A map of the turnout in these elections is presented, showing the lines of the Third Partition (1795-1919) in contemporary electoral behavior. Other examples of the reintegration of historic regions are presented, & the consequences of this development discussed.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Postcommunist Societies; Political Development; Theoretical Problems; Legislative Bodies; Rokkan, Stein; Elections; Poland; Modernization; Voting Behavior; Ethnic Relations; electoral behavior, postcommunist political developments, Central Europe, theoretical perspectives; illustrative example; 1991 parliamentary elections, Poland;
Document language English
Publication Year 1996
Page/Pages p. 3-17
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 4 (1996) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications