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Oligarchic Party-Group Relations in Bulgaria

The Extended Parentela Policy Network Model

Authors: Petkov, Mihail

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  • Uncovers new dynamics of the parentela policy network
  • Examines one of the most difficult to research areas of party-group relations
  • Argues that state capture is not external but organized from within
  • Hypothesises that with the future reiteraton of the extended parentela and decline of party competition the Bulgarian polity will transition to an oligarchic regime
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This book argues that the relationship between political parties, civil service and party insider groups in Bulgaria is oligarchic. It also argues that these oligarchic dynamics overlap with the parentela policy network, which is a relationship where a ruling party interferes with the civil service to the benefit of its own insider group. In Bulgaria, party-wide executive appointments attract businesses to seek insider status hoping to expand their activities through prejudiced regulatory inspections as one form of executive interference. Such inspections constitute a veiled attempt to coerce a business, which is in a direct market competition with the party insider or in party political opposition. Any such successful party-insider relationship forms an oligarchic elite, which then converts political access into capital and coerces its rivals into losing parliamentary elections. When ruling parties change, the cycle is repeated, as the newly formed elite seeks to check all and any rivals.

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Mihail Petkov is an independent researcher and journal reviewer. Apart from Bulgarian politics, he is interested in political elites, policy-making networks, power relations between policy-making actors and the development of democracy.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Hardcover $79.99
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Softcover $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oligarchic Party-Group Relations in Bulgaria
Book Subtitle
The Extended Parentela Policy Network Model
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98899-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98899-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98898-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07545-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 183
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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