Thirty years after their expulsion from government, and their consignment to the fringes of European politics, the major Communist parties of Western Europe are serious contenders for political power. They are also the subjects of a widespread reassessment. Scholars and politicians, on both sides of the Atlantic, hold contrasting views about this controversial political phenomenon. Broadly, there are two polar perspectives.
KeywordsCommunist Party Domestic Politics International Balance Political Consensus European Politics
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