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The enlargement of the European Union (EU), with the accession of ten new member states, is probably the most important moment in its history. The European Union's New Democracies is carefully designed to introduce students to the politics of the post-communist states which are now part of the EU. It also explains the political systems of the states of Central and Eastern Europe within the framework of European integration. Written in an extremely clear and accessible style it: provides comprehensive coverage of Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania explains the historical background to the transition process compares the political systems, institutions, party systems and constitutions examines the conflicts between 'old' and 'new' Europe over foreign policy analyzes the development of the EU's enlargement policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Eastern Europe under Communism 1945-1985 Part 1: The Transition to Democracy, 1985-1992 1. The Fall of Communism 2. The Course of the 'Revolutions': Country Studies 3. Redefining Statehood 4. Constitutional Choices Part 2: The Struggle to Consolidate Democracy, 1993-1998 5. Building Democracy, 1992-1998 6. Alternation of Government: Country Studies 7. Economic and Social Transformation 8. Building Party Systems Part 3: The Return to Europe, 1999-2004 9. Negotiating with the European Union 10. The New Democracies: Country Studies 11. The Political Systems of the New Member States 12. The New Democracies in the Wider Europe Conclusion: Europe Reunited Bibliography Index