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Original scientific paper


Branko Caratan ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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APA 6th Edition
Caratan, B. (1996). Ljevica u postkomunističkim zemljama. Politička misao, 33 (2-3), 22-41. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Caratan, Branko. "Ljevica u postkomunističkim zemljama." Politička misao, vol. 33, no. 2-3, 1996, pp. 22-41. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Caratan, Branko. "Ljevica u postkomunističkim zemljama." Politička misao 33, no. 2-3 (1996): 22-41.
Caratan, B. (1996). 'Ljevica u postkomunističkim zemljama', Politička misao, 33(2-3), pp. 22-41. Available at: (Accessed 22 October 2021)
Caratan B. Ljevica u postkomunističkim zemljama. Politička misao [Internet]. 1996 [cited 2021 October 22];33(2-3):22-41. Available from:
B. Caratan, "Ljevica u postkomunističkim zemljama", Politička misao, vol.33, no. 2-3, pp. 22-41, 1996. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22 October 2021]

The author's assumption is that a regular rotation of the left and the right in power has been a long-standing feature of stable European democracies. In most East European countries the collapse of communism was followed by the electoral defeat of leftist parties. However, in the last two years these regions have witnessed a return to power of more or less transformed leftist parties and leaders. This does not mark the return of communism, which has definitely become a thing of the past, though some of these leftist parties nurture certain revisionist traits. In less developed countries, former communist elites are being transformed into national political elites, while in more developed countries of Eastern Europe the transformation of leftist parties into social-democratic parties has been completed. The author underlines the prominence of the national element in the political programmes of leftist parties. He goes on to conclude that the main reason for the resurgence of the left in East European countries lies in the social repercussions of the transition and the fact that the right has been turning a blind eye to these problems.

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