Informal Politics in Post-Communist Europe: Political Parties, Clientelism and State Capture, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Informal Politics in Post-Communist Europe

Political Parties, Clientelism and State Capture, 1st Edition

By Michal Klíma


240 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138572492
pub: 2019-10-01
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This book offers a fascinating, thought-provoking and ground-breaking study of post-communist political life. It is published just as the countries of Central and Eastern Europe mark 30 years since gaining freedom and have embarked on the path of democracy.

This book is one of the first full-length academic works to explore the question of how informal structures, headed by bosses, godfathers and oligarchs, affect formal party politics and democracy. The unique post-communist transition is observed as a specific historical moment of disorder, offering a window of opportunity for the large-scale exploitation of public resources in the sense of a kind of "Klondike Gold Rush." Phenomena of corruption, clientelism, patronage, party capture and state capture are topical themes that are deeply explored.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of Central and Eastern European politics, democratisation, transitional societies, clientelism, party systems and more broadly of comparative and European politics.

Table of Contents

1. Post-communism: Clientelism, Party and State Capture

2. Party Capture: Privatisation "from Below"

3. Party Capture: Colonisation "from Above"

4. The Clientelist Party, Clientelist Parliamentarism and Clientelist Regime

5. "Old Parties in New Party Systems?"

6. Conclusion

About the Author

Michal Klíma is a Professor of Political Science and currently the Rector of the Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic. He is a frequent commentator on Czech television and has authored several works on issues related to political life in the country and in the post-communist region.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Political Parties and Party Systems

This new series focuses on major issues affecting political parties in a broad sense. Therefore, we welcome any high-quality suggestions for edited, single or co-authored books dealing with political parties and party systems in Europe and beyond (by which we mean we are also open to comparative projects examining regions outside of Europe). In particular, we would like to invite book proposals that aim to improve our present understanding of political parties and party system through the examination of the following issues:

  • the crisis of political parties and the challenges party organizations face in the contemporary world
  • the increasing internal complexity of party organizations in terms of regulation, funding, membership, etc.
  • the more frequent presence of party system change
  • the development of political parties and party systems in under-researched countries

We are open to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Comparative works will be certainly privileged. We also encourage proposals with a strong policy-impact focus.

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Book proposals should be sent to the series editors:

Ingrid van Biezen

Fernando Casal Bértoa

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