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Lustration and Legitimacy


Killingsworth, ME, Lustration and Legitimacy, Global Society, 24, (1) pp. 71-90. ISSN 1360-0826 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/13600820903432118


For much of their existence, the Soviet-type regimes of Central and Eastern Europe were accused of suffering from a "legitimacy crisis". It is argued in this contribution that not only are such assumptions tainted by Cold War biases but that the nature of these regimes, combined with the inherent complexities of legitimacy, mean that such claims have limited credence. It proposes that studying a particular phenomenon in the post-communist world-in this case lustration-provides us with new insights into the legitimacy of the communist regimes in Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic and Poland. © 2010 University of Kent.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Communist regimes
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Killingsworth, ME (Dr Matt Killingsworth)
ID Code:67407
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2011-03-03
Last Modified:2015-02-23

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