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Political cleavages in Romania. A theoretical overview of the post-communist parties and party systems

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  • OLIMID, ANCA PARMENA
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    The following article examines the emergence of parties in post-communist Romania concluding that the theoretical basis of cleavages (the Lipset-Rokkanian model) is almost impossible to apply in this country. Accordingly, the historical evolution of the post-communist society and the strategic moves of political actors during democratization were often perceived as an „expected moments lacking any theoretical model”. Contrary to this assumption, I argue that even an incipient cleavage suggests at least two questions about the significance of an ideological framework and a stable party system.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 14957.

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    Date of creation: 15 Feb 2009
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    Keywords: post-communist cleavages; post-communist party systems; transition; the Lipset-Rokkanian model; electoral behavior.;

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