Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy

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Sharon L. Wolchik, Jane Leftwich Curry
Rowman & Littlefield, 24 dic 2014 - 566 pagine
Now in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the post-communist half of Europe and the problems and potential it brings to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, the book offers an authoritative and current analysis of the region’s transformations and realities—from pre-communist history to the victories and reversals in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine, including the Euromaidan and its domestic and international ramifications. Divided into two parts, the book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including EU and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, legacies of the past, and political reform.

Leading scholars provide the crucial historical context necessary to evaluate the challenges facing the region. They explain how communism ended and how democratic politics has developed or is struggling to emerge in its wake, how individual countries have transformed their economies, how their populations have been affected by rapid and wrenching change, and how foreign policy making has evolved. They explore the reversals and conflicts that have emerged even in the most successful transitions and their relevance to our understanding of political transitions and democratic consolidation in general. For students and specialists alike, this book will be an invaluable resource on the politics and economics of Central and Eastern Europe, caught between the EU and a resurgent Russia.
 

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Sommario

ISSUES IN POSTCOMMUNIST EUROPE
3
Part II POLICIES AND ISSUES
41
CHAPTER 2 The Political Transition
43
CHAPTER 3 Recreating the Market
67
CHAPTER 4 Social Aspects of Transformation
99
CHAPTER 5 Ethnicity Nationalism and the Expansion of Democracy
121
CHAPTER 6 Womens Participation in Postcommunist Politics
151
CHAPTER 7 Transitional Justice in Central and Eastern Europe
169
FROM POSTCOMMUNISM TO POPULIST NATIONALISM
293
CHANGES AND CHALLENGES IN THE NEW EUROPE
317
PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT
341
OLD PROBLEMS AND NEW CHALLENGES
373
THE CHALLENGES OF TRANSITION
407
CHAPTER 17 Former Yugoslavia and Its Successors
433
LEAVING THE CROSSROADS
481
Part IV CONCLUSION
513

CHAPTER 8 EU Accession and After
189
Nato and Beyond
213
Part III CASE STUDIES
233
THE POLITICS OF GODS PLAYGROUND
235
TWO PATHS TO THE SAME DESTINATION
265
A BALANCE SHEET
515
Index
527
About the Contributors
545
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Sharon L. Wolchik is professor of political science at George Washington University. Jane Leftwich Curry is professor of political science at Santa Clara University.

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