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By Boris Popivanov, Andreas Umland

"Is Bulgaria's Left heading in the direction of decomposition or to a brand new id? Popivanov deals an exceptional analytical answer."?Georgi Karasimeonov, Professor of Political technology at Sofia collage

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They remained true to the ideas because of which and actually only because of which part of their voters supported them. Curry and Urban (2003: 245–248) bring forward some consequences of the shared communist legacy of successor parties that allow them to find their place in the new post-socialist environment. The first one is the initial ostracism under which they were placed after the end of the regime: a broad spectrum ranging from accusations and wholesale rejection on the part of political opponents, through governmental revanchism, to criminal prosecution against party figures or legal procedures for forfeiture of party assets.

This typology of CSPs as parties of leftist retreat and pragmatic reformism has been adopted as a leading reference point in some of the literature[6]. Bozoki and Ishiyama[7] also employ this categorization in their study, but they argue it needs to be elaborated in order to be precise. According to them, the processes in the Balkans, especially in the former Yugoslavia, as well as in the former Soviet space, gave rise to an additional "national-patriotic" vector of change of the post-communist left, stemming from the different type of development and the different tasks to be solved by those societies, in comparison to the Central European cases, which have traditionally been more favoured as subject of analysis.

The transformation of those parties was a process dominated by elites who managed to effectively use the political and administrative resources already available to them, in order to develop successful strategies for adjusting to the new political environment. The past is a hindrance but also an opportunity. The central argument of the author is that the successful successor parties were those that find ways to redeem the lost communist past. g. in the direction of social democracy or social liberalism, was the more needed, the more strongly discredited the communist system is in the eyes of public opinion.

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