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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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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Date: 31 March 2012
Date Type: Completion
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Slovak Studies Association Newsletter
Volume: 2012
Number: 1
Publisher: Slovak Studies Association, affiliated with ASEEES
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Slavic Languages and Literatures
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Slovakia, Slovak politics, elections, zlepenec, post-communist politics
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 14:45
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 14:45


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