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Michaela Richter

In October 1998 the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens1

formed a coalition government, the first ever between these parties at

the federal level. In more ways than one, this new coalition marked a

watershed in Germany’s post-1945 development. Since 1945, Germany

had been a democracy in which political parties hold an especially

privileged position. This “party-state” has operated almost

exclusively through the three major “Bonn” parties, which for nearly

a half-century had governed through shifting coalitions. The Greens

arose as a social movement challenging this hegemony; yet, only fifteen

years after they first entered the Bundestag, they forged a federal

coalition with one of the established parties they had once attacked.

For the first time since 1957, a coalition had been formed that

involved not only a party other than the three “Bonn” parties but also

one not linked to the Federal Republic’s creation. It was, furthermore,

the first coalition ever to have resulted unambiguously from

the wishes of voters.

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Nguyen Van Suu

Đô'i Mó'i, the name given to the economic reforms initiated in 1986 in Vietnam, has renewed the party-state's ambitious scheme of industrialization and has intensified the process of urbanization in Vietnam. A large area of land has been converted for these purposes, with various effects on both the state and society. This article sheds light on how land conversion has resulted in farmers' resistance and in what way and to what extent it has transformed their livelihoods in the transitional context of contemporary Vietnam. The article argues that agricultural land use rights remain an important asset for Vietnamese farmers, containing great value and meaning for them besides forming a means of prod

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Marcelo Hoffman

the party to the construction a new state allows it to morph into a figure of the party-state that blocks a politics of emancipation. Faced with the seemingly invariable prospect of this party-state fusion, Badiou famously appeals to a ‘politics

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The Will of the People?

Carl Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory

Samuel Salzborn

opposite his own ( Vinx 2015 ). In Schmitt’s analysis: This parliamentary, democratic, party state is, in short, an unstable coalition party state. The deficiencies and shortcomings of such a situation have been portrayed and criticized often enough

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Ming-Lun Chung

the educative practices within schools and the occurrence of school bullying. However, a pedagogical system does not exist independently of the party state governance that explains the integral relations between a state authority and the construction

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“They don’t even know how to copy”

The discourse on originality in Albania’s art world

Sofia Kalo

were discussed in depth. However, as many informants revealed, originality and a degree of artistic autonomy were endeavored and considered acceptable only if they were expressed within the parameters expected by the party state, since the authentic art

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Laurent Berger

, desertification, and so forth) due to the rapid past growth of its population and market economy, which could ultimately hinder its development ( Smil 2004 ), China thus officially opted in the twenty-first century, through the voice of its party-state, for the

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Peter Hudson

because of the challenge they posed for an ossified state-party apparatus and its correlate – a new bourgeoisie inside the party–state nexus itself. Sound familiar? He wanted to live and think differently, right here and now and he did even though he

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Avery Poole

democracy” and then Suharto’s “ Pancasila democracy.” The leadership in Laos (as mentioned, a socialist one-party state) describes the country as a “people’s democracy”; its official name is the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Thus, the term “democracy

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Pınar Melis Yelsalı Parmaksız

Unionists at Istiklal Mahkemeleri continued from 1926 to 1929. The RPP congress in 1931 declared that the political regime of the country was that of a single-party state. Except for the experiment of establishing a tame oppositional party Serbest Cumhuriyet