The contrast between Slovakia’s primary Communist successor party—the Party of the Democratic Left—and its own successor—Smer—offers considerable insight into the interaction between party ideology, organization and electoral success in post-Communist Europe. The Party of the Democratic Left and Smer offered relatively similar programmatic positions, but Smer managed to replace—and far outpace—its predecessor by offering a more charismatic public face, a smaller and more tightly centralized organization and an ideological flexibility that permitted it to take advantage of a shifting electoral environment.
Research Article| November 17 2008
Slovakia’s Communist successor parties in comparative perspective
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Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2008) 41 (4): 497–519.
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Marek Rybář, Kevin Deegan-Krause; Slovakia’s Communist successor parties in comparative perspective. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 December 2008; 41 (4): 497–519. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2008.09.008
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