Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies

Author(s): Anna Grzymala-Busse

Rebuilding Leviathan


Why do some governing parties limit their opportunistic behavior 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.  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 behavior and abuse of state resources when faced with strong political competition (Cambridge University Press). 

Publication Information:

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Year of Publication: 2007