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Two Cheers for Czech Democracy

Hanley, SL; (2014) Two Cheers for Czech Democracy. Czech Journal of Political Science , 3 (2014) , Article 1. 10.5817/PC2014-3-161. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Two Cheers for Czech Democracy
Location: Czech Republic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5817/PC2014-3-161
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/PC2014-3-161
Language: English
Additional information: Made available with the kind permission of the chief editor of the Department of International Relations and European Studies Faculty of Social Science, Masaryk University.
Keywords: Czech Republic, Central Europe, Democracy, Eastern Europe, political parties
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1455741
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