Post-Communist Democratization: Political Discourses Across Thirteen Countries / Edition 1

Post-Communist Democratization: Political Discourses Across Thirteen Countries / Edition 1

by John S. Dryzek, Leslie Templeman Holmes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521001382

ISBN-13: 9780521001380

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Democracy is not just a matter of constitutions, parliaments, elections, parties, and the rule of law. In order to see if or how democracy works, we must attend to what people make of it, and what they think they are doing as they engage with politics, or as politics engages them. This book examines the way democracy and democratization are thought about and lived by…  See more details below

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Democracy is not just a matter of constitutions, parliaments, elections, parties, and the rule of law. In order to see if or how democracy works, we must attend to what people make of it, and what they think they are doing as they engage with politics, or as politics engages them. This book examines the way democracy and democratization are thought about and lived by people in China, Russia, and eleven other countries in the post-communist world. It shows how democratic politics (and sometimes authoritarian politics) works in these countries, and generates insights into the prospects for different kinds of political development. The authors explore the implications for what is probable and possible in terms of trajectories of political reform, and examine four roads to democratization: liberal, republican, participatory, and statist. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, political theory, and post-communist studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521001380
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Series:
Theories of Institutional Design Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
A note on authorship credit
Pt. IIntroduction1
1The discourses of democratic transition3
2Methodology20
Pt. IIPre-transition countries31
3China33
4Yugoslavia57
Pt. IIIHalting transitions77
5Belarus79
6Russia92
7Ukraine114
Pt. IVTransition torn by war131
8Armenia133
9Georgia147
10Moldova158
Pt. VLate developers171
11Slovakia173
12Romania190
13Bulgaria206
Pt. VITrailblazers223
14Poland225
15Czechia240
Pt. VIIConclusions253
16Differences that matter - and those that do not255
References274
Index291

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