Political Change in Eastern Europe Since 1989: Prospects for Liberal Democracy and a Market Economy

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Business & Economics - 165 pages
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What makes some Eastern European countries politically victorious and economically prosperous while others have failed in both regards? Zuzowski deals with fundamental changes in the area after the demise of communism. He argues that the past is important because it is usually a reliable indicator of things to come in the near future. He also states that if systemic transformation is to succeed, a new totalism or comprehensive change introduced swiftly and based on justice and a rule of law is necessary.

After a general discussion of Eastern Europe, Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic are examined in detail. In addition, the West's approach to Eastern Europe after the collapse of communism is analyzed. This significant assessment will be of value to scholars, researchers, students, and policy makers involved with economic, political, and social change, post-communism, and Eastern Europe.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Eastern Europe After the Collapse of Communism
13
Russia Carpetbaggers Country
47
Poland SpinDoctors State
71
Czech Republic Czechs Are Different
97
The Wests Approach to Postcommunist Eastern Europe
119
Conclusion Eastern European Prospects for Liberal Democracy and a Market Economy
141
Selected Bibliography
149
Index
161
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ROBERT ZUZOWSKI is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Among his earlier publications is Political Dissent and Opposition in Poland (Praeger, 1992). He has published numerous articles on East European politics in Australia, the United States, Canada, and South Africa.

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