Games of the Upper Class
The Charter was a Czech response to the situation. In Slovakia, we
agreed with virtually every idea in it, but we had our own ways to
support these ideals. … I did not have to rush to declare myself a
dissident by means other than those that I had decided to use….
my friends always found ways of informing me about significant
developments. (Alexander Dubček)1
The government of the Slovak Republic changed at least three times during the period from the "velvet revolution" of 1989 to the "velvet divorce" of 1993. Each of the three individuals who held the position of Slovak prime minister during this period represented a different fraction of the elite, and a different trajectory and discursive strategy. It may be useful, therefore, to begin this chapter by surveying their life histories, in order to gain insight into Slovak elite formation. The point is not to demonstrate that these individual cases could be subsumed under a type, but to compare them with ideal types in order to derive insights about causal relations. Such a comparison will demonstrate that, although they might approximate a type we recognize from the Czech case, the meaning and significance of these types is quite different. As Dubček put it, he did not need to "declare" himself as such, even though his condition was similar to that of Czech