Problems of Legitimacy, Public Sphere, and Political Integration: Theorizing East Central European Communism
This paper focuses on degrees of political integration by discussing interaction between the society and (democratic or authoritarian) political power. This is the relationship, which determines legitimacy or non-legitimacy in a given regime. The dichotomy of society and political power reflects upon the classic, simplified discourse of we and them in East-Central Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, which is usually applicable only in non-democratic regimes. This was the dominant discourse in Poland, for instance, during the self-limiting revolution of Solidarity, where the opposition followed the Gandhian strategy of non-violent non-cooperation against the Communist regime.
democratization; civil society; legitimacy; political science
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