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Publication Detail
Two Cheers for Czech Democracy
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Hanley SL
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  • Pagination:
    161, 176
  • Journal:
    Czech Journal of Political Science
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  • Country:
    Czech Republic
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  • Keywords:
    Czech Republic, Central Europe, democracy, Eastern Europe, political parties
The paper discusses the state of Czech democracy and current research agendas on democracy in the Czech Republic, focusing in particular on the role of political parties. It considers Czech democracy both in relation to Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and in the light of the evolving relationship between CEE and Western Europe. It suggests that current CEE states such as the Czech Republic gradually approximating to models of West European-style party politics may need rethinking. It then examines democracy in the Czech Republic in relation to debates on democratic “backsliding”, arguing that in the Czech cases the principal “backsliding” risks lie less in the rise of authoritarian populists than a potential crisis of democratic representation driven by perceptions of corruption. The paper concludes with some suggestions about future avenues for research on Czech and CEE democracy.
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