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Author GrzymaƂa-Busse, Anna Maria, 1970- author

Title Rebuilding Leviathan : party competition and state exploitation in post-communist democracies / Anna Grzymala-Busse
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 274 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents Competing for the state -- Developing the formal institutions of the state -- The expansion of state administration : exploitation or patronage? -- Privatizing the state : party financing strategies -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. Party organizations in post-communist democracies -- Appendix B. Measuring state administration employment -- Appendix C. Anchoring vignettes
Summary Why do some governing parties limit their opportunistic behaviour 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 behaviour and abuse of state resources when faced with strong political competition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-268) and index
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Subject Political Systems.
Political parties -- Europe, Eastern.
Post-communism -- Europe, Eastern.
Europe, Eastern -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Europe, Eastern.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006026397
ISBN 0511278659 (electronic bk.)
0511279256 (electronic bk.)
0511618816 (electronic bk.)
9780511278655 (electronic bk.)
9780511279256 (electronic bk.)
9780511618819 (electronic bk.)