Political Support in East–Central Europe

Gábor Tóka

in Citizens and the State

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294733
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599699 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Political Support in East–Central Europe

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Examines the relevance for the new democracies of Eastern Europe of arguments about challenges to representative democracy in Western Europe, focusing on mass attitudes conventionally thought to affect the stability of political regimes. The analysis focuses on four countries (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia), and suggests that their levels of public support for government are lower than in Western Europe, with economic dissatisfaction having particular salience. However, these democracies are still too young for firm conclusions to emerge from the available evidence.

Keywords: Czech Republic; democratic legitimation; Eastern Europe; Hungary; Poland; public confidence; Slovakia

Chapter.  10914 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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