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

OLIMID, ANCA PARMENA (2009): Political cleavages in Romania. A theoretical overview of the post-communist parties and party systems. Published in: Analele Universităţii din Craiova. Seria Istorie No. Anul XIV, Nr. 1(15)/2009 (15. March 2009): pp. 275-288.

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Abstract

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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