Limited Influence? The Role of the Party of European Socialists in Shaping Social Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

Holmes, Michael and Lightfoot, Simon (2011) Limited Influence? The Role of the Party of European Socialists in Shaping Social Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Government and Opposition, 46 (01). pp. 32-55. ISSN 0017-257X

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Abstract

This article looks at the role of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in its attempts to shape social democratic parties in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) towards a West European norm. It discusses how existing views in the academic literature on the role of transnational parties are inadequate. We argue that the PES did not play a key role in encouraging the establishment and development of parties in the CEE states from the 2004 enlargement in the early stages of accession. We contend that the overall influence of party federations has been limited, and that these limitations were as much in evidence before enlargement took place as they were afterwards.

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Additional Information and Comments: Michael Holmes and Simon Lightfoot (2011). Limited Influence? The Role of the Party of European Socialists in Shaping Social Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Government and Opposition, 46, pp 32-55. Copyright held by Cambridge University Press. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8793471
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 10:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015 08:07
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/61

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