The Politics of Central Europe

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SAGE, Jun 28, 1998 - Political Science - 244 pages
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This book provides a thorough introduction to East Central Europe and its renewed emergence since the momentous changes in the former Soviet bloc.

By carefully differentiating between Central Europe, East Central Europe and the Balkans, (ac)Attila Agh shows how the term `Eastern Europe' was a political misnomer of the Cold War. Drawing on theories of democratization to develop a common conceptual and theoretical framework, this textbook is the first to place the political and social changes of this complex region in a genuinely comparative perspective.

Through broad thematic sections the student is shown how to distinguish between processes of democratization and redemocratization, transition and transforma

  

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Contents

AN INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW
1
TRANSFORMATION IN EAST CENTRAL
24
The Triple Transition and Nationbuilding
49
Chapter 3
82
Parliamentary
84
Chapter 4
97
Political Culture and Electoral
101
The most important political parties of East Central Europe
126
THE REGIONS IN COMPARATIVE
140
Chapter 6
164
Democratization in the Balkans
171
Summary of election results in the Balkans
192
CONCLUSIONS AND PERSPECTIVES
202
Bibliography
226
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About the author (1998)

Agh is with Budapest University of Economic Sciences.