Building Democracy: 2nd Edition / Edition 2

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Building Democracy shows that international factors have been a principal component of, and not always favorable to, democratisation in Eastern Europe. The book examines in turn comparative perspectives, theories of democracy and democratisation, problems of international security (including the collapse of Yugoslavia), the roles of the EU and the former USSR, and the cases of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
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The international dimension has been central to democratization in Easter Europe in the form of unintentional effects (such as market forces) as well as deliberate attempts to exercise influence, and the impact of international organizations and national governments. Eight contributions discuss these influences and their consequences, examining also the impact of non-state actors such as entrepreneurs and ethnic groups with cross-border allegiances, problems of international security (including the collapse of Yugoslavia), the roles of the European Union and the former USSR, and the examples of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718500993
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/19/1998
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Pridham is professor of politics at the University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 The international dimension of democratisation: theory, practice and inter-regional comparisons 7
2 East-Central Europe in comparative perspective 32
3 Towards a culture of democracy? democratic theory and democratisation in Eastern and Central Europe 60
4 International security and democratisation in Eastern Europe 87
5 The European Community and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe 119
6 The USSR/CIS and democratisation in Eastern Europe 144
7 The international dimension of democratisation in Czechoslovakia and Hungary 168
8 Communism's weakest link - democratic capitalism's greatest challenge: Poland 188
Index 218
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