Politics, Power and the Struggle for Democracy in South-East Europe

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Karen Dawisha, Bruce Parrott
Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1997 - Political Science - 472 pages
Edited by two of the world's leading analysts of post communist politics, this book brings together distinguished specialists on Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia/Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania. The authors analyse the challenge of building democracy in the countries of the former Yugoslavia riven by conflict, and in neighboring states. They focus on oppositional activity, political cultures that often favour strong presidentialism, the role of nationalism, and basic socioeconomic trends. Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott provide theoretical and comparative chapters on post communist political development across the region. This book will provide students and scholars with detailed analysis by leading authorities, plus the latest research data on recent political and economic developments in each country.
 

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Contents

Perspectives on postcommunist democratization
1
Democratization and political participation research concepts and methodologies
40
Embattled democracy postcommunist Croatia in transition
69
Bosnia Herzegovina a case of failed democratization
122
A failed transition the case of Serbia
146
Democratization in Slovenia the second stage
189
The Republic of Macedonia finding its way
226
The process of democratization in Albania
285
Democratization and political participation in postcommunist Bulgaria
353
Romanian exceptionalism? Democracy ethnocracy and uncertain pluralism in postCeausescu Romania
403
Appendix
453
Index
457
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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.

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