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Československo 1945–1948: Případ hybridního režimu?
Czechoslovakia 1945-1948: A Case of a Hybrid Regime

Author(s): Ľubomír Lupták, Jaroslav Bílek
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: Hybrid Regimes; Tutelary Institutions; Postwar Czechoslovakia; Electoral Regimes; Authoritarianism; Democracy

Summary/Abstract: Czechoslovakia 1945–1948: A Case of a Hybrid Regime? This article presents an interpretative case study utilizing the concept of hybrid regimes as presented by Leah Gilbert and Payam Mohseni to analyse the political regime of Czechoslovakia between the years 1945–1948. Our aim is to demonstrate that rather than a mere transitional phase on the road from democracy to authoritarianism or an episode of final tremors of the pre-war (democratic) regime, the 1945–1945 regime represents a full-fledged hybrid, rooted in the specific conditions of the post-war period. One of the major problems in contemporary discussions about hybrid regimes is the blurred and somewhat unstable boundary between democratic and authoritarian regimes, especially when viewed only as a function of the electoral processes and mechanics. Gilbert and Mohseni’s classification of hybrid regimes attempts to overcome this problem by including two additional analytic dimensions, allowing to point at the dynamic development of the political regime in post-war Czechoslovakia and its rather lively movement on the scale between authoritarianism and democracy.

  • Issue Year: XVI/2014
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 188-213
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Czech