Europe Since 1989: Transitions and Transformations

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Routledge, Oct 5, 2015 - Social Science - 174 pages
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Europe Since 1989 charts the development of Europe east and west since the 1989 revolutions. It analyses the emergent European society, the development of a European public sphere, and civil society. Most books on Europe are heavily biased to the West and Europe Since 1989 takes the opposite approach. It argues that the transformation of the postcommunist world has implications for the whole of Europe and explores the interplay between long-term fundamental tendencies and chance events and the possible futures which confront contemporary Europe.

With close attention to political, economic and other social transformations, and an appendix which gives special attention to European macro regions (Nordic/Baltic Europe, Mediterranean Europe), it offers a sociology of Europe with a strong interdisciplinary emphasis.

 

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Contents

two alternative prefaces to the second edition 2030?
1
2 After 1989
9
causal models of postcommunist transition
30
4 EastWest divergences and convergences
47
EU enlargement and colour revolutions
63
6 The Russian enigma
79
7 European democracy and civil society
91
8 Out of the crisis?
110
9 Europeanisation and the European Union
123
10 Appendix on territoriality
156
Index
165
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About the author (2015)

William Outhwaite is Professor of Sociology (emeritus) at Newcastle University. His recent books in this area include European Society, Polity, 2008, Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe, Continuum, 2012 and (with Larry Ray) Social Theory and Postcommunism, Blackwell, 2005.

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