Developments in Central and East European Politics 5

ISBN-10: 0822354829

ISBN-13: 9780822354826

Edition: 5th 2013

Authors: Stephen White, Paul G. Lewis, Judy Batt

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This fifth edition ofDevelopments in Central and East European Politicsmaintains the book's status as the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to political transformations in the region. The countries that emerged from the collapse of communism between 1989 and 1991 embarked on transitions to democracy and a market economy that were profoundly affected by developments such as the expansion of the European Union (EU) and NATO.Central and East Europe is a large, extremely diverse region, encompassing full-fledged EU members—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Slovakia, followed later by Bulgaria and Romania—as well as nations of the Western Balkans that are progressing at various speeds along the EU path—Croatia, about to join; Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, with EU candidate status; and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, struggling to keep up. The region also includes the East European states of Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. In this collection, leading authorities examine how these heterogeneous nations have fared since the collapse of communism. The contributors look at executive leadership, elections and voter behavior, parliamentary systems, political parties, citizen engagement in civil society, the effects of neoliberalism, and the quality of life in postcommunist democracies. Most of the essays are new to this edition; the rest have been thoroughly updated.Contributors. Judy Batt, Sarah Birch, Nathaniel Copsey, Terry Cox, Rick Fawn, Tim Haughton, Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Paul G. Lewis, Frances Millard, David M. Olson, Mitchell A. Orenstein, Andrew Roberts, Ray Taras, Andrew Wilson
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist. he lives in colorado with his wife and son.

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Notes on the Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Map of Europe
Introduction: Defining Central and Eastern Europe
The 'Lands in Between': a geopolitical predicament
'Catching up' with Europe
Bearing the brunt of European power politics
The 'return to Europe'
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
The structures of government
The nature of government
Political parties and party systems
Party evolution: a summary
The voters and the public
Current issues
Conclusion
The Other New Europeans
Meeting the challenges of post-communism
Opportunities and constraints of EU membership
Boom, bailouts and austerity
New versions of old themes
Conclusion: a tale of three elections
The Western Balkans
Political culture shaped by strategic uncertainties
Problematic statehood
Breaking with the past: transition in war-torn societies
Conclusion
The East Europeans: Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova
Background
Minorities and regions
Political systems
Recent political developments in Ukraine: early steps
Politics in Belarus
Politics in Moldova
Conclusion
The EU and Central and East European Politics
'Returning to Europe': European integration in the 1900s and 2000s
The impact of EU membership on public opinion and political parties
The impact of EU membership on political institutions and governance
Impact of the new member states on the EU
Conclusions: have the Central European member states changed the EU?
The International Transformation and Re-regionalizarion of 'Eastern Europe'
Regional state formations in Central and Eastern European after the Cold War
Visigrad
The future orientation of the West Balkans and post-Soviet European states
Conclusion
Executive Leadership
What is the political executive?
The appeal of mixed systems
Executive experimentation
Factors shaping the political executive
The social background of Central and Eastern European leaders
The state machine and executive leadership
Conclusion
Elections and Voters
Elections under communism
Electoral systems
Electoral participation
Vote choice
Conclusion
Representation and Accountability: The Parliaments
Legislatures and transitions
Representation, elections and parties
Political parties from elections to parliaments
The members
Internal organization of parliaments
Activities of parliaments
Legislative-executive relations
Institutionalization and conflict
Political Parties
Origins and evolution of CEE parties
Party organization
Party systems
CEE party politics in comparative context
Citizens and Politics
Mass upheaval
Civil society
Protest politics
Media
Popular attitudes and democratic consolidation
Recovering from Transition in Eastern Europe: Neoliberal Reform in Retrospect
The background
The communist heritage
Neoliberal economic reforms
Examining other factors
Conclusion
Social Change and Social Policy
Social structure of 'state socialism'
Social transformation and social policy
Growing income inequalities
Poverty
The consequences of the global economic crisis
A newly emerging social structure
Conclusion
The Quality of Post-Communist Democracy
A paradox
Quality as procedures: do institutions allow for democracy?
Quality as preconditions: are citizens in a position to make democracy work?
Quality as representation: are citizens actually ruling?
Quality as outcomes: do citizens benefit from democracy?
The past and the future of democratic quality
Guide to Further Reading
Bibliography
Index
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