Romania Under Basescu

Romania Under Basescu : Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations During His First Presidential Term

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Romania under Basescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during His First Presidential Term, edited by Ronald F. King and Paul E. Sum, is comprised of seventeen contributions from scholars in Europe and North America and addresses from varying perspectives the politics of Romania during the first presidential term of Traian Basescu. With separate sections focusing on issues of governance, civil society, and public policy, it highlights a central paradox of post-communist Romanian development: having one foot stretching toward the future and the other rooted firmly in the past.show more

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  • Hardback | 388 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 748.42g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739148567
  • 9780739148563

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This volume is indispensible for scholars and practioners interested in Romania because of the breadth of issues addressed. King and Sum have done a masterful job of bringing together some of the best scholarship on Romania as the country looks to the future while attempting to confront its past. -- Steven D. Roper, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan Romania under Basescu brings together many of the most active scholars from Romania, Europe, and North America. The authors examine institutions, politics, and policy formation at a key point in Romania's post-communist development. King and Sum's collection provides a welcome update on Romanian politics and policy for anyone who maintains an interest in the country or in the broader topic of democratic transitions. -- William Crowther, University of North Carolina Greensboro This is a timely profile of the country as it emerges from post-communist isolation to try and play an effective role in the EU, the world's most important regional entity. A series of well-researched chapters examine change and resistance to it in arrange of policy dimensions. The authors are reputable scholars of the country and their insight is reflected in a set of perceptive analytical essays. The book shows that political partisanship, corruption, and defects in both the public administration and the economy greatly hamper progress, but also that grounds do exist for cautious optimism about Romania. -- Tom Gallagher, University of Bradford, Great Britain This volume is an academic attempt to evaluate various aspects of Romanian politics between the end of 2004 and the end of 2009, coinciding with Traian Basescu's first presidential term. It will be of interest for scholars of Romanian studies in particular, but also for researchers of post-communist societies in general. Europe-Asia Studiesshow more

About Ronald F. King

Ronald F. King is professor of political science at San Diego State University. Paul E. Sum is associate professor of political science and public administration at the University of North Dakota.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Triage Democratization Part 2 Part I: Governance, Democratic Competition, and State Capacity Chapter 3 Chapter One: Democracy and the Communist Past in Romania Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Stability Within Commotion: Romanian Electoral Patterns, 2004-2009 Chapter 5 Chapter Three: The Democratic-Liberal Party as a Successful Catch-All Party Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Political Recruitment in Romania: Continuity and Change Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Political Participation by the Romanian Diaspora Chapter 8 Chapter Six: A War of Two Palaces: Semi-Presidential Government and Strategic Conflict Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: Political Competition and Democratic Governance in Romania Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: Romanian Rule of Law Reform: A Two-Dimensional Approach Part 11 Part II: Paradoxes of Organized Interests and Public Opinion Chapter 12 Chapter Nine: Civil Society Under Basescu: Continuity, Change, and Sustainability Chapter 13 Chapter Ten: The Orthodox Church and the Government Chapter 14 Chapter Eleven: Corruption, Education, and Political Culture in Romania Chapter 15 Chapter Twelve: Romanian Youth Under Change: Political Values and Attitudes Chapter 16 Chapter Thirteen: Migration and Political Tolerance in Romania Part 17 Part III: Policy Responses to Paradox, Domestic and Foreign Chapter 18 Chapter Fourteen: The Romanian Tuberculosis Epidemic as a Symbol of Public Health Chapter 19 Chapter Fifteen: The Romanian Agricultural Sector Under Basescu Chapter 20 Chapter Sixteen: Romania's Foreign Energy Policy After 2004 Chapter 21 Chapter Seventeen: European Promotion of Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in Romania Chapter 22 Afterword Chapter 23 About the Contributors Chapter 24 Indexshow more

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