Video Lecture: “The New Party Challenge in Slovakia: Understanding and Dealing with Constant Political Change”

Political scientists Kevin Deegan-Krause and Timothy Haughton delivered a zoom talk in summer 2021 with insights from their new book, The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond

The talk covers the tumultuous history of changes in Slovak parties over the decades since 1989.

Abstract: Why is it that political parties in some countries endure, while in Slovakia they live fast and die young? And how unusual is Slovakia compared to other countries? In an engaging presentation based on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Prof. Deegan-Krause and Prof. Haughton will show how the findings in their new book – The New Party Challenge (Oxford University Press, 2020) – help to explain Slovakia’s rapid political change, and will then put it into broader context. By looking at Slovakia’s history, and that of other new (and old) democracies where rapid political change has become the norm, they look at the possible benefits of a shifting party system and what countries can do to escape the disadvantages.

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