The Consolidation of Democracy in East-Central Europe

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Karen Dawisha, Bruce Parrott
Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1997 - Political Science - 389 pages
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Edited by two leading analysts of post-communist politics, this book brings together distinguished specialists on the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The authors analyze the patterns of postcommunist democratization in these countries, paying particular attention to the process of party formation, electoral politics, the growth of civil society, and the impact of economic reform on the emergence of interest groups. Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott contribute theoretical and comparative chapters on postcommunist political development. This book will provide students and scholars with detailed analysis by leading authorities, plus the latest research data on recent political trends in each country.

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About the author (1997)

Karen Dawisha was born Karen Hurst in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 2, 1949. She studied Russian politics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a doctoral degree at the London School of Economics. She taught at Miami University in Oxford from 2000 until her retirement in September 2016. She wrote or co-wrote several books including Soviet Foreign Policy Towards Egypt; Eastern Europe, Gorbachev, and Reform: The Great Challenge; and Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? She died from lung cancer on April 11, 2018 at the age of 68.