Problems of Legitimacy, Public Sphere, and Political Integration: Theorizing East Central European Communism
No 14, EUROSPHERE Working Paper Series (EWP) from Eurospheres project
This paper focuses on degrees of political integration by discussing interactionbetween the society and (democratic or authoritarian) political power. This isthe relationship, which determines legitimacy or non-legitimacy in a givenregime. The dichotomy of society and political power reflects upon the classic,simplified discourse of we and them in East-Central Europe in the 1970sand 1980s, which is usually applicable only in non-democratic regimes. Thiswas the dominant discourse in Poland, for instance, during the self-limitingrevolution of Solidarity, where the opposition followed the Gandhian strategyof non-violent non-cooperation against the Communist regime.
Keywords: democratization; civil society; legitimacy; political science (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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