“Parties with No Members?”: How to Ensure Political Participation in East Central Europe

  • Ladislav Cabada


Party membership is one of the most important indicators of political participation level in Western democracies. After the fall of the communist regimes in East central Europe, the newly established democracies in the region were included into the comparative research of party membership showing important differences from the practices within the traditional democratic states. The aim of this chapter is to analyse the level and quality of party membership development in East Central Europe, employing throughout the political participation model. At the same time, the chapter analyses closely related issues such as party-state relations development, overparticisation and alternative methods that might revitalise the political communication between the state and the citizen.


Civil Society Political Party Political Participation Voter Turnout Communist Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and HumanitiesMetropolitan University PraguePragueCzech Republic

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