New Book: The Social Democratic Parties in the Visegrád countries

This book, edited by Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, and András Bíró-Nagy, Director at Policy Solutions, and published by Palgrave Macmillan, analyses three decades of political developments within the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
New Book: The Social Democratic Parties in the Visegrád countries

'The Social Democratic Parties in the Visegrád Countries: Predicaments and Prospects for Progressivism' explains the rise, the fall, and the fight for the perseverance of the center-left in post-transition countries, and investigates the roots of the vulnerability of representative democracies in post-transition countries. László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, wrote the foreword ‘Visegrad: From hope to horror and back again’ for the book. 

You can buy the book here and read the preview now.

“This path-breaking volume examines the transformation of social democracy in the four countries of Visegrád. Rich in detail and cogently argued, the work is a major contribution to debates about the changing nature of social democracy across Europe, and will be required reading for scholars and students alike” 

Patrick Diamond, Professor, Queen Mary, University of London      

“A group of renowned NGO experts from progressive think-tanks have authored a must-read primer for everyone interested in the challenges of contemporary politics in Europe. From progressivism to illiberalism, the book delivers a particularly insightful glimpse at the political currents of Central Europe. An important contribution to the debate on the future of social democracy in Europe” 

Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005)

“This volume is an essential contribution to the European debate about the state and future of social democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Being completed with academic precision and an excellent understanding of the socio-economic reality of the country-cases studies, the book is a long-awaited, absolute must-read“

Biljana Borzan, Vice-President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament and MEP

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About Us

Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity, sustainability and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research. 



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