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Entrepreneurial Parties: A Basic Conceptual Framework
Entrepreneurial Parties: A Basic Conceptual Framework

Author(s): Vít Hloušek, Lubomír Kopeček
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: entrepreneurial parties; East-Central Europe; party organisation; party leadership

Summary/Abstract: The paper offers a conceptual framework to investigate the phenomenon of entrepreneurial parties in the countries of East-Central Europe. The authors evaluate existing concepts related to increasing interdependence of party politics and the business sector, such as business-firm parties. These concepts are typically much too bound to a particular example of historically emerging entrepreneurial party and therefore the paper offers a more general concept of entrepreneurial party. The concept is based on five basic features: (1) the central role of the leader and his private initiative, (2) the party as a personal vehicle, (3) the crucial formative influence of a leader over the political project. Two other features are related to the social and institutional un-rootedness of the entrepreneurial party which is neither a product of (4) a promoter/sponsor organisation or social movement, nor it is an outcome of (5) a parliamentary split or emergence of a new faction.

  • Issue Year: XXIV/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 83-91
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English