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The Regulation of Post-Communist Party Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Fernando Casal Bértoa, Ingrid van Biezen


294 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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The question of how political parties are, and ought to be, regulated has assumed an increased importance in recent years, both within the scholarly community and among policy-makers and politicians as the state assumes an increasingly active role in the management of, and control over, their behaviour and organisation

This book concentrates on the regulation of political parties in the EU post-communist democracies, and on Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania, in particular. In analysing the various dimensions of party regulation, it builds on the main premises derived from the neo-institutionalist literature in political science, concerning the ways in which the (formal and informal) rules and procedures may influence, constrain or determine the behaviour of political actors. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive overview of the regulation of Eastern European political parties provided by leading experts in the field and casts theoretical and empirical light on the manner in which the constitutional and legal regulation of party organizations and finances have had an impact (or not) on the consolidation of party politics in post-communist Europe since 1989.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of Political Parties and Behaviour, East European and Post-Communist Politics and Comparative Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Party Regulation and Party Politics in Post-communist Europe [Fernando Casal Bértoa and Ingrid van Biezen]

1. Party Regulation and The Reshaping of Party Politics in Poland [Fernando Casal Bértoa and Marcin Walecki]

2. The Three Laws To Rule Them All: The Consolidation of Slovakia’s Party Regulation, 1990-2016 [Peter Učeň, Kevin Deegan-Krause and Fernando Casal Bértoa]

3. A Few Cracks in the Cement: Regulatin and the Development of Party Politics in the Czech Republic [Tim Haughton and Vlastimil Havlík]

4. The Failure of Early Party Regulation and a New Beginning: The Hungarian Case [Réka Várnagy and Gabriella Ilonszki]

5. How Do Rules Matter? Regulatory Changes and Conditioning of Small Political Parties in Bulgaria [Ekaterina R. Rashkova and Maria Spirova]

6. For Things To Remain The Same, Things Will Have To Change: Party Regulation as a Form to Engineering Party Competition and Political Legitimacy in Romania [Marina Popescu and Sorina Soare]

7. Balancing Between Consolidation and Cartel: The Effects of Party Law in Estonia [Vello Pettai]

8. The Not So Powerful Incumbents: The Impact of Party Legislation in Latvia [Jānis Ikstens]

9. Party Regulation Against the Backdrop of Anti-party Sentiment: The Case of Lithuania [Ainė Ramonaitė]

10. Evolution of Party Regulation in Slovenia and the Party System: From Some To Marginal Impact? [Alenka Krašovec]

11. Stability and Permissiveness: Party Regulation and Party Competition in Croatia [Goran Čular]

About the Editors

Fernando Casal Bértoa is Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK) and member of the OSCE/ODIHR "Core Group of Political Party Experts".. His work has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Sociological Methods and Research, among others and is currently co-authoring a book titled, Party System Closure: Alliances and Innovations in Europe between 1848 and 2016.

Ingrid van Biezen is Professor of Comparative Politics at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and member of the OSCE/ODIHR "Core Group of Political Party Experts". She is the author of Political Parties in New Democracies (2003), editor of On Parties, Party Systems and Democracy (2014) and co-editor of Regulating Political Parties (2014). She has published widely on comparative party politics, party organization, political finance, and democratic theory.

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.

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit:

Book proposals should be sent to the series editors:

Ingrid van Biezen [email protected]

Fernando Casal Bértoa [email protected]

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