This monograph is a major survey of East Central European (ECE) political elites and concentrates on Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. It is grounded within classic elite theory slightly adapted to ECE necessities. More practically, the book examines political elite composition and identifies political elite fragmentation in ECE.
The author questions that East Central European political elites have incorporated democratic values and conduct. The main argument is that there is a significant gap between the formal democratic ECE institutions and political elite behaviour. This gap has different dimensions which are relevant at the domestic level and also cause problems at the EU level. Ultimately, the political elite-institution gap questions democratic political achievements after 1989. In providing a major analysis of ECE political elite structure and conduct the book points to the most urgent challenges of ECE political systems – the reform of the political elite.
The author: Nicole Gallina is a political scientist researching on political elites and state reform. She particularly focuses on state development in Eastern Europe. Nicole Gallina lives in Switzerland.
Nicole Gallina stellt sich in ihrem Buch die Frage, ob sich die politischen Eliten Ostmitteleuropas seit dem Fall der kommunistischen Regime verändert haben. Dabei interessiert sie sich nicht nur für den Elitenwechsel, sondern hauptsächlich dafür, ob die formal existierenden demokratischen Institutionen zur Verinnerlichung von demokratischen Werten bei den Eliten geführt haben.