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Crucibles of Political Loyalty Church Institutions and Electoral Continuity in Hungary

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ISBN-10: 0521849128

ISBN-13: 9780521849128

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jason Wittenberg, Peter Lange, Robert H. Bates, Ellen Comisso, Peter Hall

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This book investigates one of the oldest paradoxes in political science: why do mass political loyalties persist even amid prolonged social upheaval and disruptive economic development? Drawing on extensive archival research and an original database of election results, this book explores the paradox of political persistence by examining Hungary's often tortuous path from pre- to post-communism. Wittenberg reframes the theoretical debate, and then demonstrates how despite the many depredations of communism, the Roman Catholic and Calvinist Churches transmitted loyalties to parties of the Right. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Church resistance occurred not from above, but from below.…    
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Paradox of Political Persistence
Political Continuity in Hungary
Refining the Problem
Anticipating the Argument
Research Design and Methods
A Road Map
Explaining Political Persistence
Introduction
Theoretical Approaches
What Counts as Continuity?
Illuminating the Trajectory
An Institutional Explanation
Conclusion
Electoral Persistence and Volatility in Hungary
Introduction
Precommunist Blocs and Elections
Postcommunist Blocs and Elections
Electoral Evolution, 1945-1998
Conclusion
The Churches First Confront Communism
Introduction
The Churches before State-Socialism
Enfeeblement
Institutions of Surveillance and Control
Conclusion
The Battle for Souls, 1948-1956
Introduction
Obstacles to Inculating Socialism
Repression and Resistance, 1949-1953
Exploiting Room to Maneuver, 1953-1956
1956
Assessing the Battle for Souls
Conclusion
The Battle for Souls After 1956
Introduction
Normalization
The Party Offensive at the Local Level
Clerical Resistance
Collectivization
Elite Conciliation, Local Conflict
Reassessing the Battle for Souls
Beyond Religious Instruction
Conclusion
Church Community and Rightist Persistence: Statistical Evidence
Introduction
Sample Characteristics
The Influence of the Past
The Importance of Church Community: Prima Facie Evidence
Multivariate Evidence
Unpacking "Church Community": Religious Trajectories Under Communism
Confessional Differences
Who Supported the Right? Ecological Inferences and Survey Results
Conclusion
Conclusion
Introduction
Implications
Toward a General Theory of Persistence
Appendices
Bibliography
Seconday Sources
Primary Sources
Index