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Central and East European Politics : From Communism to Democracy

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Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

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Now in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the other half of Europe, the new and future members of the EU along with the problems and potential they bring to the region and to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, it offers an authoritative and up-to-date analysis of the transformations and realities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine. The book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including European Union and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, and political reform. New to this edition are chapters on Albania and transitional justice. For students and specialists alike, this book will be an invaluable resource on the newly democratizing states of Europe.

Author Biography

Sharon L. Wolchik is professor of political science at George Washington University. Jane L. Curry is professor of political science at Santa Clara University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Democracy, the Market, and the Return to Europe: From Communism to the European Union and NATOp. 3
Policies and Issues
The Political Transitionp. 31
Re-Creating the Marketp. 53
Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Expansion of Democracyp. 83
Women's Participation in Postcommunist Politicsp. 109
EU Accession and the Role of International Actorsp. 125
Security Issues: NATO and Beyondp. 143
Case Studies
Poland: The Politics of "God's Playground"p. 161
The Czech and Slovak Republics: Two Paths to the Same Destinationp. 187
Hungary: Appraising the Past and Adjusting to the Presentp. 213
The Baltic States: Changes and Challenges in the New Europep. 231
Buglaria: Progress and Developmentp. 251
Former Yugoslavia and Its Successorsp. 277
Romania since 1989: Living beyond the Pastp. 313
Ukraine: Muddling Alongp. 335
Albania: The Challenges of Transitionp. 369
What Now?p. 397
Indexp. 405
About the Contributorsp. 413
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