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Slovak Coalitions: Getting Glued to a Word

Votruba, Martin (2012) Slovak Coalitions: Getting Glued to a Word. Slovak Studies Association Newsletter, 2012 (1).

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    The word zlepenec ("glued-together hack job") developed from a technical term and a comment on a work of art into a highly politicized label. Difficulties with its translation stem partly in the difference between U.S. and British politics on the one hand, and the political systems in Continental Europe. Contrary to assumptions by commentators and experts, the word was first applied in politics decades ago, and was used to label parties at both ends of the political spectrum until circumstances and political strife made it stick as a disparaging label describing rightist party alliances.


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    Votruba, Martinvotruba@pitt.eduvotruba@pitt.edu
    Title: Slovak Coalitions: Getting Glued to a Word
    Status: Published
    Abstract:

    The word zlepenec ("glued-together hack job") developed from a technical term and a comment on a work of art into a highly politicized label. Difficulties with its translation stem partly in the difference between U.S. and British politics on the one hand, and the political systems in Continental Europe. Contrary to assumptions by commentators and experts, the word was first applied in politics decades ago, and was used to label parties at both ends of the political spectrum until circumstances and political strife made it stick as a disparaging label describing rightist party alliances.

    Date: 31 March 2012
    Date Type: Completion
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Journal or Publication Title: Slovak Studies Association Newsletter
    Volume: 2012
    Number: 1
    Publisher: Slovak Studies Association, affiliated with ASEEES
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Refereed: No
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    Article Type: Research Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Slovakia, Slovak politics, elections, zlepenec, post-communist politics
    Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Slavic Languages and Literatures
    Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 10:45
    Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 10:45

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