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Political Opposition in Theory and Central European Practice

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Michal Kubát

This book offers interpretations of different forms of political opposition in political theory and also in the contemporary development of politics and government in Central Europe. The problem is analyzed through a comparative approach. The first part of the book targets the question of definitions and typologies of political opposition, above all, in democratic, but partly also in non-democratic regimes. The second part deals with the question of models of political opposition in Central Europe after the fall of communism in the late twentieth century and in the present.

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9 Preface The work Political Opposition in Theory and Central European Prac- tice represents an attempt at a systematic analysis of political opposition – an important phenomenon of modern politics – from the perspective of political theory as well as in relation to political practice. The work has three princip- al goals. The first is an analysis comprised of an expansion on, and modifi- cation of, existing theories. One aim of the work is to supplement existing theory with my own analytical observations, many of a polemic nature, and to propose solutions to selected relevant theoretical problems. The second is application. Evident within the work is an attempt at an application of the analyzed political theories to political practice in the Central European na- tions. The third is description. Namely, the goal of the work is to introduce the most important existing approaches and conceptions of political opposi- tion. The three central goals have shaped the structure of this work, which is divided into two basic sections. The first section is predominantly theoreti- cal, while the second is primarily dedicated to political practice. The theoret- ical section revolves around a presentation of the key concepts of political opposition offered by modern political science. At the outset, the delineation of the concepts of political opposition will be addressed, followed by an as- sessment of the position of political opposition in relation to the fundamental differentiation between democratic and non-democratic political systems. In the case of non-democracy, I am primarily considering the question of...

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