Learning from the West?
Policy Transfer and Programmatic Change in the Communist Successor Parties of East Central Europe
Learning from the West? brings insight into political life after the collapse of communism and the fall of the Iron Curtain in the late 1980s.
For Communist parties and their successors (CSPs), the challenge was perhaps the greatest – to redefine themselves within new, ‘westernised’ political systems. As these parties sought to adapt their programmatic appeals to their new environments, they searched for policies from abroad that could fit these new political structures.
The political parties of Western Europe provided a rich range of programmes from which policies could be drawn. This book analyses how, to what extent and under what conditions external influences came to bear on the programmatic development of CSPs. It argues that while some parties remain neo-communist in orientation, growling about the evils of capitalism on the far-left of their respective political systems, others have developed into social democratic actors, embracing programmatic ideals that often bear a strong resemblance to those of centre-left actors in Western Europe.
This book was previously published as a special issue of The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Learning from the West: Policy Transfer and Programmatic Change in the Communist Successor Parties of Eastern and Central Europe, Dan Hough; Chapter 2 Westernizing the East: External Influences in the Post-Communist Transformation of Eastern and Central Europe, Marcin Zaborowski; Chapter 3 Learning from the West: Policy Transfer and Political Parties, William E. Paterson, James Sloam; Chapter 4 The Communist Successor Parties of Eastern and Central Europe and European Integration, Michael Dauderstädt; Chapter 5 West European Social Democracy as a Model for Transfer, James Sloam; Chapter 6 Polish Social Democracy, Policy Transfer and Programmatic Change, Piotr Buras; Chapter 7 Between Emulation and Adjustment: External Influences on Programmatic Change in the Slovak SDL, Vladimír Handl, Vladimír Leška; Chapter 8 Choosing Between China and Europe? Virtual Inspiration and Policy Transfer in the Programmatic Development of the Czech Communist Party, Vladimír Handl; Chapter 9 The Programmatic Development of the Eastern German PDS: Learning What from Whom and Under What Conditions?, Dan Hough; conclusion Conclusion, William E. Paterson, James Sloam;
Dan Hough is a Lecturer in Politics in the International Relations and Politics Department at the University of Sussex.,
William E. Paterson is Professor and Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham.,
James Sloam is a Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.