The Democratic Transition of Post-Communist Europe In the Shadow of Communist Differences and Uneven EUropeanisation

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-12
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent events, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition. It challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same, and differing from existing books on the subject, it provides a full account of how certain variations in the functioning of the communist political and socio-economic systems in East Central Europe and the Balkans defined the different modes of power transfer of states in the two regions and their subsequent pathways following the fall of communism. The author also develops a new angle on national and regional post-communist pathways by exploring varying levels of success in both post-communist political and economic reforms as well as the ability of particular states to (re)establish close political ties with the West, especially the EU, and secure necessary foreign assistance for post-communist reform.

Unobtrusive, factual and ultimately convincing, with a foreword written by the leading world scholar in the twentieth-century history of Central and Eastern Europe, Professor Richard Crampton from Oxford, this volume is an excellent contribution to existing literature on democratic reform in the countries of post-communist Europe.

Author Biography

Dr. Milenko Petrovic is a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He lectures on 20th century Eastern European history and politics, Europe's economic development and the EU's eastern enlargement. His research and publications are focused on problems of post-communist transition in East Central and South-Eastern Europe and EU enlargement to the East.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Richard Crampton
1. Socio-economic and Political Facts on Post-Communist Transition
2. Critique of the Existing Explanations
3. Differing Aspects of Communism
4. Differing Regime Changes and Outcomes, 1989-2004
5. The Changed EU approach - New Challenges for the Western Balkan States after 2005?

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