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Uncivil Society?: Contentious Politics in Post-Communist by Petr Kopecky, Cas Mudde

By Petr Kopecky, Cas Mudde

This quantity makes an important contribution to the controversy in regards to the improvement of post-communist civil society via concentrating on its alleged 'dark side', i.e., at the teams which are excluded from 'civil society' on either conceptual and normative grounds. The chapters, written via experts within the box, discover in wealthy empirical element the complexities concerned whilst such teams - just like the skinheads in Hungary, the farmers' 'Self Defence' stream in Poland or the war-veterans in Croatia - problem the country, have interaction in neighborhood activism, or become involved in protest activities. It additionally bargains a contrasting viewpoint via concentrating on related actions by way of the alleged 'pro-democratic' actors of civil society, similar to Impulse ninety nine within the Czech Republic. The e-book keeps that political protest, or contentious politics, may be integrated lower than a wide and optimistic improvement of associational job within the sector. Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe is an interesting examine, and should be of curiosity to students of jap eu politics and background.

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Ania Krok-Paszkowska looks at the Polish trade union annex political party, Samoobrona. e. of a radical trade union movement and of a political party. She further explores the ways in which its leader, Andrzej Lepper, has captured the organisation and uses it to enhance his own political career. Her study also shows the importance of the legacy that the Solidarity movement has left behind in Poland. This legacy of confrontational activity not only better explains Samoobrona’s hybrid structure, but also the lenient way in which the Polish state has dealt with the movement’s ferocious contentious politics.

5 Its main leader, Trajkovi , had been an SPS deputy and deputy prime minister of Kosovo, but left the party in 1992 over its refusal to abolish the parallel government of Kosovo Albanians. He later founded the unsuccessful Social Democratic Party (Thomas 1999). The Serbian Resistance Movement firmly opposed the policies of the government, asserting that they failed to lead to a long-term stabilisation of Kosovo (Risti 1996). SPOT articulated its programme in a letter to the Serbian Public in August 1994.

This would mean that nearly half of the Serb community of Kosovo would identify with SPOT (Intervju 31 January 1997). The organisation, however, has achieved its political weight not so much due to widespread popular support. Rather, as the only political pressure group of Kosovo Serbs before the war in 1999 it has been able to formulate an alternative to the policies of the regime. In addition, neither the opposition parties in Belgrade, nor the international community had close or ‘natural’ links with Kosovo Serbs, thus making SPOT a welcome partner for both.

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