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Introduction

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Abstract

A coalition is hurriedly put together to contest the first free election of a new democracy. Although its components come from distinct ideological traditions, they agree on the principal questions of the day, and are able to present a united front. The coalition occupies the ‘centre ground’, attracting large numbers of uncommitted voters and placing itself in a pivotal position in the political system. The coalition wins the election and forms a minority government, which includes ministers from the previous, undemocratic, regime. The transformation of the coalition into a party is agreed, and an organisational structure is established. The government implements its programme with cross-party support, then dissolves parliament and is returned to power, although again as a minority government. The party also emerges as the most powerful force at municipal level in the first free local elections.

Keywords

Party Member Democratic Transition Western Democracy Socialist Party Party Organisation 
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© Jonathan Hopkin 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

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