Elected Affinities: Democracy and Party Competition in
Slovakia and the Czech Republic. By Kevin
Deegan-Krause. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. 352p.
Crucibles of Political Loyalty: Church Institutions and
Electoral Continuity in Hungary. By Jason Wittenberg.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 314p. $80.00.
The addition of Central and Eastern Europe to the laboratory of
subjects for comparative politics is a welcome consequence of
postcommunist transformation. Scholars of the region now draw more
firmly on a repertoire of theory and methods from the discipline as
a whole, as well as their historical insight and detailed
understanding of particular countries within the region. These
studies are exemplary in that regard. They pose clear questions
arising from broad theoretical concerns, they answer them by
mobilizing an array of qualitative approaches and sophisticated
quantitative methods, and they structure their arguments by a series
of building blocks with an explanatory focus.