The Liberal Project and the Transformation of Democracy

The Liberal Project and the Transformation of Democracy : The Case of East Central Europe

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Students of democratic theory have watched the dramatic transformation of Eastern Europe from communism to various forms of democracy in the last two decades. With her unique blend of theory and empirical analysis, veteran observer Sabrina P. Ramet offers clear insight into the processes, challenges, and accomplishments of this area. Drawing on a classical understanding of "liberalism" based on a philosophy of Natural Law, she probes the issues of capitalism, national sovereignty and self-determination, gender inequality, and political legitimacy in the context of Eastern Europe's particular experience. She also explores the limitations of classical liberalism and argues for the extension of liberal principles to encompass the rights of women and protection of all species as well as the environment. Political theorists, political scientists, students of Eastern Europe, and those interested in the larger questions of political philosophy will be richly rewarded in their reading of this volume by a renowned scholar of Eastern European politics.show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 6 tables, bib, index
  • 1585445797
  • 9781585445790
  • 2,390,940

About Sabrina Petra Ramet

SABRINA P. RAMET is professor of social sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is a volume editor of two other books published by Texas A&M. Her Ph.D. is from the University of California at Los Angeles.show more

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..".a very thoughtful and well-informed book which seeks to use lessons from East Europe to at once inform, illustrate and develop a liberal defense of democracy."--Keith Tester, Professor, University of Portsmouthshow more

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