The Experience of Democratization in Eastern Europe

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This book presents a broad cross-section of thinking about post-communist developments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Specialists from the region and the west apply their insight to challenge some conventional views on the transition. The book is both diverse and focused, suggesting that the experience of democratization is an open-ended process in which those involved learn both from their own experience and from comparative ...
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Overview

This book presents a broad cross-section of thinking about post-communist developments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Specialists from the region and the west apply their insight to challenge some conventional views on the transition. The book is both diverse and focused, suggesting that the experience of democratization is an open-ended process in which those involved learn both from their own experience and from comparative transitions elsewhere.
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Contains papers from an August 1995 conference, analyzing the diversity of the experience of democratization in a number of different settings and contexts. Themes include the larger historical perspective of societies undergoing rapid change, the international context, ethnic identity and nation building, and reasons for the failure of the Soviet Union to survive the demise of the communist regime. Specific topics include trade unions and the making of civil society in Russia, and a comparison of the emergence of democracy in South Africa and Poland. The editor is a professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent-Canterbury, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312220655
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/14/1999
  • Series: Selected Papers Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Introduction
Notes on the Contributors
1 Introduction: The Democratic Experience 1
2 Experiences of Democratisation: Elements of a Comparative Historical Framework 16
3 Gorbachev's Bitter Draft: Failure to Achieve a New Union Treaty, 1988-91 32
4 Continuity and Change in Post-Soviet Historiography: The Case of Belarus 62
5 Regionalism: An Underestimated Dimension of State Building in Ukraine 72
6 Elites of North-eastern Kazakhstan in a New Geopolitical Context, 1989-95 91
7 Civil Society Endangered 118
8 The Structuring of Party Systems in Postcommunism: The Roles of Political Process and Social Cleavage 138
9 The Changing Role of Local Government in the Post-communist Transformation 171
10 Trade Unions and the Making of Civil Society in Russia 185
11 The Emerging Order: Bulgarian Experiences with Democracy 202
12 Polish Responses to Global Challenges: The Geopolitics of Central and East European Transformation 222
13 Cultural Difference: Russia's Putative Entry into the European Union 259
14 The Emergence of Democracy in South Africa and Poland: A Comparative Experience 274
Index 285
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