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Explaining the Regeneration of the Croatian Democratic Union in Post-Presidential Authoritarian Croatia: Elites, Legacies and Party Organization

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Lamont, Christopher (2008) Explaining the Regeneration of the Croatian Democratic Union in Post-Presidential Authoritarian Croatia: Elites, Legacies and Party Organization. Balkanistica, 21 . pp. 57-86. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The survival and regeneration of the Croatian Democratic Union in the aftermath of the death of the party's authoritarian leader, Croatian president Franjo Tudjman, demonstrates the crucial role of elites and party organization in determining the trajectory of post-communist party system development in Croatia. The question this article addresses is what explains the Croatian Democratic Union's rapid adaptation from a leader-focused party of power dependent upon the authoritarian leadership of president Tudjman into an electorally successful parliamentary political party? It will be demonstrated that rather than focusing on party responsiveness to societal cleavages, a modified elite model of party system development best illustrates the Croatian Democratic Union's persistence and electoral survival in post-Tudjman Croatia.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Croatia, Post-Communism, Authoritarianism, Transitions, Party System Development
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:2543
Deposited By:Dr Christopher Lamont
Deposited On:06 Jan 2010 21:30
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 21:30

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