Developments in Central and East European Politics 4

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Stephen White, Judy Batt, Paul G. Lewis
Duke University Press, 2007 - Political Science - 310 pages
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The face of Central and Eastern Europe has been dramatically transformed since the collapse of communism. The region faces new challenges, including the needs to find a balance between effective leadership and accountability and to reverse the economic decline of the late communist years. Addressing these concerns and others, Developments in Central and East European Politics 4 brings together specially commissioned chapters by leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.

The chapters, all of which are new to this edition, focus on key features of the political systems that have emerged following the transition to postcommunist rule and the enlargement of the European Union through 2006. Full attention is given to the pattern of events in individual nations, but the main emphasis is on the framework of politics across the region--constitutions, leadership, parliaments, parties, and electoral systems--and the process of politics, as it is revealed in political participation, civil society, economic change, and the quality of democratic government within and beyond the region.

Clearly written and well supported with references and suggestions for further reading, Developments in Central and East European Politics 4 is the ideal guide to the process of change in a group of states that were formerly modeled on the Soviet Union but are now a distinctive and varied presence within a continent that has been redefining its boundaries, its values, its economic systems, and its international allegiances.

Contributors. Judy Batt, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Sarah Birch, Heather Grabbe, Tim Haughton, Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Petr Kopecký, Paul G. Lewis, Frances Millard, Cas Mudde, D. Mario Nuti, Mark Pittaway, Ray Taras, Stephen White, Andrew Wilson, Kataryna Wolczuk

  

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Contents

Defining Central and Eastern Europe
1
From Communist to PostCommunist Politics
20
The collapse of communist rule
26
The challenge of postcommunism
32
Political institutions
38
The voters and the public
51
Meeting the challenges of postcommunism
57
energy security and terrorism
69
Europeanization and the CEE party spectrum
186
Conclusion
192
Elections and voting behaviour
200
Membership in political organizations
207
Civil Society
213
Key relationships
219
Legacies of the past
225
Poland
234

The Western Balkans
72
Ukraine Belarus and Moldova
90
Current issues
104
Central and Eastern Europe and the EU
110
the potentially transformative effect
117
What happens after accession?
123
Structures of Representation
145
Electoral Systems
161
Electoral system effects in Central and Eastern Europe
169
Structure and organization
180
Conclusion
243
Managing Transition Economies
245
Gradualism versus shock therapy
254
Lessons and prospects
260
Identifying liberal democracies and nondemocracies
266
Socioeconomic performance
272
Bibliography
282
Index
308
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Stephen White is Professor of International Politics and a Senior Research Associate of the School of Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Russia's New Politics: The Management of a Postcommunist Society and chief editor of the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics.

Judy Batt is Senior Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. She is the author of Statehood and European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe.

Paul G. Lewis is Professor of European Politics in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Political Parties in Post-Communist Eastern Europe.

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