Parties, Poles and the Post–Communist Party Arrangements: A Study On Conceptualization of Poles and Polarity

Maxmilián Strmiska

Abstrakt

This article is conceived of as a contribution to the process of refining the discussion on the concept and typology of several Central Eastern and Southern European post–communist party systems through an analysis of issues of polarity. It concentrates on conceptualisation of poles and polarity in consolidating party arrangements. The effective political parties–poles or alliances–poles must be ”visible”, separate formations, i.e. distant from each other in the given ideological and political continuum, with a sufficient and at the same time adequately consolidated electoral basis. Moreover, poles have to act as coherent operational units , which are relevant for the shape and working of the party system. Polarity (the number and configuration of poles) is closely related with both the party system format and the ”ideological” diversity, but is not identical with them. The article suggests that the study of polarity of party arrangements is a necessary point of departure towards their typological characteristic. This applies to both ”mature”, institutionalised systems of political parties, and to ”immature”, insufficiently or only weakly structured or ”settled” party arrangements.

Bibliografická citace

Strmiska, M. (2002). Parties, Poles and the Post–Communist Party Arrangements: A Study On Conceptualization of Poles and Polarity. Středoevropské politické studie, 4(1). Získáno z https://journals.muni.cz/cepsr/article/view/3887

Klíčová slova

post-communist party systems; Central Eastern and Southern Europe; poles; polarity;

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