Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy / Edition 2

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"A useful text and reference book. These essays are at their best in serving both area study and political sociology."---Slavic Review" "Wolchik and Curry have assembled an all-star cast of experts for an authoritative assessment of the progress the region has made toward liberal democracy and a market economy in the last two decades. The book's particular strength is to cast the process in terms of a return to Europe. It thus pays attention not only to crucial developments in domestic politics but also to the influence of important international actors. Another exceptionally useful feature is the inclusion of essays that address important issues cross-nationally, as well as in-depth studies of each country individually, making the book especially valuable to students and scholars interested in the politics of the region and those interested in the interaction between domestic issues and global political and economic forces."---Michael Bernhard, Pennsylvania State University" "This is a straightforward and lucid overview of the paths taken away from communism by Central and East European states. The authors effectively address the domestic and international influences on the course of political development in the former communist states. The book is highly recommended to anyone who wants a clear picture of a complex and important region and its constituent parts."---Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan" Now in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the other half of Europe, the new and future members of the EU along with the problems and potential they bring to the region and to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, it offers an authoritative and up-to-date analysis of the transformations and realities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine. The book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including European Union and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, and political reform. New to this edition is a chapter on Albania. For students and specialists alike, this book will be an invaluable resource on the newly democratizing states of Europe.

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Editorial Reviews

Slavic Review
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION A useful text and reference book. These essays are at their best in serving both area study and political sociology.
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Wolchik (George Washington Univ.) and Curry (Santa Clara Univ.) have edited a useful textbook designed for undergraduate classes that includes chapters dedicated to various themes and countries in Central and East Europe. The first section surveys the political transition, the efforts to re-create the free market economy, the problems raised by ethnic diversity and nationalist sentiment, women's participation in post-communist politics, and the accession to NATO and the EU. The second section includes in-depth case studies of Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslav republics. . . . Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty.
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Wolchik (George Washington Univ.) and Curry (Santa Clara Univ.) have edited a useful textbook designed for undergraduate classes that includes chapters dedicated to various themes and countries in Central and East Europe. The first section surveys the political transition, the efforts to re-create the free market economy, the problems raised by ethnic diversity and nationalist sentiment, women's participation in post-communist politics, and the accession to NATO and the EU. The second section includes in-depth case studies of Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslav republics. . . . Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742567337
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon L. Wolchik is professor of political science at George Washington University. Jane L. Curry is professor of political science at Santa Clara University.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

PART ONE INTRODUCTION

1 Democracy, the Market, and the Return to Europe: From Communism to the European Union and NATO Jane L. Curry Curry, Jane L. 3

PART TWO POLICIES AND ISSUES

2 The Political Transition Valerie Bunce Bunce, Valerie 31

3 Re-Creating the Market Sharon Fisher Fisher, Sharon 53

4 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Expansion of Democracy Zsuzsa Csergo Csergo, Zsuzsa 83

5 Women's Participation in Postcommunist Politics Marilyn Rueschemeyer Rueschemeyer, Marilyn 109

6 EU Accession and the Role of International Actors Ronald Linden Linden, Ronald 125

7 Security Issues: NATO and Beyond Joshua Spero Spero, Joshua 143

PART THREE CASE STUDIES

8 Poland: The Politics of "God's Playground" Jane L. Curry Curry, Jane L. 161

9 The Czech and Slovak Republics: Two Paths to the Same Destination Sharon L. Wolchik Wolchik, Sharon L. 187

10 Hungary: Appraising the Past and Adjusting to the Present Federigo Argentieri Argentieri, Federigo 213

11 The Baltic States: Changes and Challenges in the New Europe Daina Stukuls Eglitis Eglitis, Daina Stukuls 231

12 Buglaria: Progress and Development Janusz Bugajski Bugajski, Janusz 251

13 Former Yugoslavia and its Successors Paula Pickering Pickering, Paula 277

14 Romania since 1989: Living beyond the Past Charles King King, Charles 313

15 Ukraine: Muddling Along Taras Kuzio Kuzio, Taras 335

16 Albania: The Challenges of Transition Elez Biberaj Biberaj, Elez 369

PART FOUR CONCLUSION

17 What Now? Jane L. Curry Curry, Jane L. 397

Index 405

About the Contributors 413

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