9780761956792

Democracy and Democratization : Post-Communist Europe in Comparative Perspective

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    9780761956792

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    0761956794

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-07-23
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

This wide-ranging overview of the processes of democratization in post-Communist Europe, places the transitions in East-Central Europe within a broad European and global context.The authors begin with a introduction to the concept and theories of democracy and then examine the emerging politics of the new democracies to set the post-Communist transitions in longer-term comparative perspective with earlier and existing processes of democratization inSouthern Europe, Latin America, and East and Southeast Asia. Finally the politics of EU accession are introduced to place the transitions within the wider context of European integration.Concluding with a summary of recent critiques of modern democracy andlooking toward future theories, this text provides a comprehensive introductionto what will remain the key contemporary issue for all students of politicalscience.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THEORETICAL AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDS FOR DEMOCRATIZATION
The Democracy Project and the Development of Comparative Politics
1(13)
Historical Legacies of Regional Democratization
14(27)
PART TWO: THE EMERGING POLITICS OF THE NEW DEMOCRACIES
Conceptualizations of Transition: Early Dichotomies and Evolving Complexities
41(23)
Civil Society: Using the New Freedoms
64(31)
Concepts of Economic Restructuring
95(30)
Interest Group Articulation in Post-Communism
125(44)
Political Party Formation and Electoral Competition
169(32)
Elites and Citizens: Elite Democracy and Citizen Participation
201(25)
PART THREE: REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS OF DEMOCRATIZATION
Regional Comparisons of Democratization: Southern Europe - Lessons from Another European Region
226(15)
Structuring Executive Power in Emerging Democracies: Warnings from Latin America
241(14)
Economics First, Then (Maybe) Politics: the Challenge of the East Asian Model
255(14)
East-Central Europe, the EU and Globalizing Capitalism: What Kind of Democratization, What Kind of Democracy?
269

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