Rebuilding Leviathan Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies

ISBN-10: 0521696151

ISBN-13: 9780521696159

Edition: 2007

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Why do some governing parties limit their opportunistic behavior and constrain the extraction of private gains from the state? This analysis of post-communist state reconstruction provides surprising answers to this fundamental question of party politics. Across the post-communist democracies, governing parties have opportunistically reconstructed the state - simultaneously exploiting it by extracting state resources and building new institutions that further such extraction. They enfeebled or delayed formal state institutions of monitoring and oversight, established new discretionary structures of state administration, and extracted enormous informal profits from the privatization of the communist economy. By examining how post-communist political parties rebuilt the state in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia, Grzymala-Busse explains how even opportunistic political parties will limit their corrupt behavior and abuse of state resources when faced with strong political competition.
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Anna Grzymala-Busse is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was previously an associate professor at Yale University. Her first book, Redeeming the Communist Past, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2002. She has also published articles in Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, Comparative Politics, Party Politics, East European Politics and Societies, and other journals.

Acknowledgments
List of Political Party Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction
Competing for the State
Developing the Formal Institutions of the State
The Expansion of State Administration: Patronage or Exploitation?
Privatizing the State: Party Funding Strategies
Conclusion
Peak Party Organizations in Post-Communist Democracies, 1990-2004
Determining State Administration Employment and Rate of Growth
Anchoring Vignettes
Bibliography
Index
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