From Ethnic Conflict to Stillborn Reform

From Ethnic Conflict to Stillborn Reform : The Former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia

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From Ethnic Conflict to Stillborn Reform is the first systematic treatment of the major post-communist conflicts in both the former Yugoslavia - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia - and the former Soviet Union - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Tajikistan. It is also the first work that focuses not on causes but rather on consequences for democratization and market reform, the two most widely studied political outcomes in the developing world. Building on existing work emphasizing the effects of economic development and political culture, the book adds a new, comprehensive treatment of how war affects political and economic reform. Author Shale Horowitz employs both statistical evidence and historical case studies of the eight new nations to determine that ethnic conflict entangles, distracts, and destabilizes reformist democratic governments, while making it easier for authoritarian leaders to seize and consolidate power. As expected, economic backwardness worsens these rendencies, but Horowitz finds that powerful, reform-minded nationalist ideologies can function as antidotes. The comprehensiveness of the treatment, use of both qualitative and quantitative analysis, and focus on standard concepts from comparative politics make this book an excellent tool for classroom use, as well as a groundbreaking analysis for scholars.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162.6 x 243.8 x 27.9mm | 657.72g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • maps, tables, figures, bibliography, index
  • 1585443964
  • 9781585443963

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"Horowitz has done an excellent job in conducting his research and analysis, and the result is a solid piece of scholarship that contributes greatly to our understanding of ethnic conflict and post-communist reform in the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. In short, with this work Horowitz has made an important contribution to the field of Russian and East European Studies."--Christopher Marsh, Baylor Universityshow more

About Shale A. Horowitz

Shale Horowitz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has written widely on political and economic development and ethnic conflict, particularly in the post-communist world and in East and South Asia. His Ph.D. is from the University of California-Los Angeles.show more