Romania since 1989

Romania since 1989 : Politics, Economics, and Society

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Those who study Romania must confront the theoretical challenges posed by a country that is undergoing a profound transformation from a repressive totalitarianism regime to a hazy and as yet unrealized democratic government. The most comprehensive survey of Romanian politics and society ever published abroad, this volume represents an effort to collect and analyze data on the complex problems of Romania's past and its transition into an uncertain future. Henry F. Carey has brought together the world's leading scholars on Romania to discuss key aspects of the country's sites of conflict in a groundbreaking work that includes six resident Romanian authors who rarely publish in the global academic press. Romania since 1989 is must for anyone seeking either a basic understanding or a sophisticated analysis of contemporary Romania. The book is also an invaluable resource for those who study the economies and governments of other countries in transition, as it presents an ideal case study with lessons that can be applied elsewhere.show more

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  • Hardback | 664 pages
  • 160 x 235 x 50mm | 1,251.93g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739105922
  • 9780739105924

About Henry F. Carey

Henry F. (Chip) Carey is assistant professor of political science at Georgia State University. He is the author of many essays on East European politics, international human rights, and democratization.show more

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Henry Carey's collection Romania since 1989: Politics, Economics, and Society captures with great precision the complex, contradictory reality of contemporary Romania. Bringing together Romanian, west European, and American authors from fields as diverse as anthropology, political science, economics, law, print and broadcast journalism, social work, and literature, the volume covers vast ground, but with striking detail and scholarship and a common core approach concerned with the nature of Romanian exceptionalism. The essays range widely across the spectrum of post-socialist Romanian events and conditions, from labor and government to environment and social issues. Together they provide perhaps the most comprehensive view of the continuing, murky, contested reality that is Romania today. The book is a must-read for any scholar of modern Romania, of East-Central Europe, and of the uncertain, troubled times that is post-socialism. -- David A. Kideckel, Central Connecticut State University This is an exceptionally valuable resource on Romania's politics, economics, and society as the emerged from Ceausescu's communism... Essential. CHOICE Leading international scholars provide a fascinating and often disturbing portrait of Romania, South-East-Europe's largest state since the break-up of Yugoslavia. In chapters which blend scholarship with accessibility, they show how little progress has been made in overcoming legacies of dictatorship and misrule. The wealth of detail and quality of insights will make this an excellent sourcebook for students of political change after the Cold War and ought to be taken seriously by policy practitioners increasingly involved with Romania's problems. -- Tom Gallagher, University of Bradford, Great Britainshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreward Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 3 Memory, Memorials, and Membership: Romania's Utilitarian Anti-Semitism and Marshal Antonescu Part 5 Part I: Romanian Exceptionalism? Chapter 6 Understanding National Stalinism: Legacies of Ceausescu Socialism Chapter 7 Sonderweg Romania? Chapter 8 Re-membering Romania Chapter 9 Democratization in the Shadows: Post-Communist Patrimonialism Part 10 Part II: The State and Politics Chapter 11 Institutionalizing the Party System Chapter 12 Parlimentary Development Chapter 13 An Evaluation of Six Forms of Political Participation Chapter 14 Media in the First Post-Communist Decade Chapter 15 Political Culture in Post-Ceausescu Romania Part 16 Part III: Civil Society and Social Issues Chapter 17 NGOs and the Development of Civil Society Chapter 18 Multi-Culturalism and Ethnic Relations in Transylvania Chapter 19 Romani Marginality and Politics Chapter 20 Church and State in Romania before and after 1989 Chapter 21 Post-Totalitarian Pre-Feminism Chapter 22 Gay and Lesbian Rights Chapter 23 Higher Education and the Post-Communist Generation of Students Part 24 Part IV: Economics and Environment Chapter 25 The New Business Elite: From Nomenklatura to Oligarchy Chapter 26 Economic Reform Chapter 27 Fiscal and Monetary Policies Chapter 28 Trade Unions and Labor Relations Chapter 29 The Environment in Transition Part 30 Part V: Security Chapter 31 Romanian Security Chapter 32 Romanian Bilateral Relations with Russia and with Hungary Chapter 33 The Security Services since 1989: Turning Over a New Leaf Chapter 34 Civil-Military Relations: Continuity or Exceptionialism? Chapter 35 Conclusion: Ambiguous Democratization? Chapter 36 Afterword: Ten Points, Ten Years Aftershow more

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