Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe: International and Transnational Factors v.2

Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe: International and Transnational Factors v.2

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This is the second volume in a two-volume series of books on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe. The first volume focused on the issue of institutional engineering. This second volume analyses the external parameters of democratic consolidation in thirteen Eastern European countries: how different international actors and various economic, cultural and security types of transnational pressures have shaped democratic politics in the region. The aim is to contrast a set of democracy theories with empirical evidence accumulated in Eastern Europe over the last ten years. The volume tries to avoid complex debates about definitions, methods and the uses and misuses of comparative research. Instead it seeks to establish what has really happened in the region, and which of the existing theories are helpful in explaining these developments. The volume is divided into two parts. The first part presents a conceptual and comparative frame of analysis. The second consists of detailed studies of individual countries undergoing democratic consolidation. Case study chapters deal with the following countries: Estonia and Latvia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia, the states of formar Yugoslavia, Belarus and Ukraine, and fianlly Russia. The concluding chapter identifies a set of variables responsible for the enormous impact of external factors on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe. It conceptualises the interplay of internal and external factors impinging upon democracy, and shows the interplay of different positive and negative types of external pressures. It also evaluates the conscious Western effort to craft or engineer democracy in Eastern Europe.show more

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  • Hardback | 568 pages
  • 163 x 243 x 35mm | 931g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0199241686
  • 9780199241682

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART 1 COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ; 1. Western Actors and the Promotion of Democracy ; 2. Regionalization and Democratic Consolidation ; 3. The Impact of External Economic Factors: The Role of the IMF ; 4. International Security and Democracy-Building ; 5. The Internationalization of Ethnic Strife ; 6. International Migration and the Consolidation of Democracy ; 7. Crime, Corruption and Politics: Transnational Factors ; 8. Attitudes towards the West, Democracy and the Market ; PART 2 NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ; 9. Estonia and Latvia: International Influences on Citizenship and Minority Intergration ; 10. The Case of Hungary ; 11. Poland: Compatibility of External and Internal Democratic Designs ; 12. The Czech Republic: The Unexpected Force of Institutional Constraints ; 13. Slovakia: Misreading the Western Message ; 14. Building Democracy in Romania: Internal Shortcomings and External Neglect ; 15. Bulgaria and Macedonia: Voluntary Dependence on External Actors ; 16. Yugoslavia: International Efforts to Link Peace, Stability and Democracy ; 17. Belarus and Ukraine: Democracy-Building in a Grey Security Zone ; 18. Russia and the West: To Belong or Not to Belong? b ; 19. Foreign Made Democracyshow more

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A powerful insight into the process of institution building in the new democracies of Eastern Europe ... Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe is going to be a very helpful repository for anyone who is studying the period of transition and who is looking for critical and well-informed perspectives on Eastern Europe's experience of democratization. Acta Politica: International Journal of Political Science A grand, lucid and extremely perceptive collection of essays detailing the East European experience. The two volumes provide a unique examination of the particular experience of the 'transition to democracy' ... Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe is an extremely valuable contribution to the study of post-1989 Eastern Europe (and, in fact, Europe as a whole). Acta Politica: International Journal of Political Science There is little to fault in this welcome dual publication. Democratization The Zielonka/Pravda volume makes a sizeable contribution to our knowledge of and debate about the interface between international pressures and domestic innovation. Democratizationshow more

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