Uncertain Path

Uncertain Path : Democratic Transition and Consolidation in Slovenia

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In this case study of the politics of transition in Eastern Europe, Rudolf Martin Rizman provides a careful, detailed sociological explanation and narrative on the emergence of independent statehood and democracy in Slovenia. In his focus on the transition from an authoritarian to a democratic regime, Rizman analyzes social processes and political issues in the context of the Third Wave of democratization, identifying "zones of certainty and uncertainty." Challenging many generally accepted ideas about small states and their transitions to democracy, this book places Slovenia's pattern of democratization in the wider regional context of eastern and central European post-communist transitions. Opening with a discussion of the relevant theoretical environment in sociology and political science, Rizman illuminates the complex processes of democratic transition and consolidation. From there, he analyzes the internal and external processes and factors relevant for Slovenia's successful trajectory from existence as an ethnically defined sub-nation to an internationally recognized nation-state. After careful consideration of religious, political, military, intellectual, and other socio-political stakeholders in the region, Rizman concludes that Slovenia is irreversibly set on the course of democratization.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 157.5 x 241.3 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 8 b&w photos, 8 tables, bibliography, index
  • 1585444235
  • 9781585444236

About Rudolf Martin Rizman

RUDOLF MARTIN RIZMAN, a native of Slovenia, holds doctorates from both the University of Ljubljana and Harvard. He teaches sociology and political science at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Bologna.show more

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"This may be a book about a small country, but there is nothing small about it: Rizman's perceptive and balanced account of Slovenia's recent history is empirically rigorous and conceptually comprehensive. It will make a mark on the field of postcommunist studies and is not to be missed by anyone who hopes to understand the contemporary Eastern and Central Europe..."--Erika Harris, University of Liverpoolshow more

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