Transnational Actors in Central and East European Transitions

Transnational Actors in Central and East European Transitions

by Mitchell Alexander Orenstein
     
 

When Vladimir Putin claimed "outside forces" were at work during the Ukrainian Orange Revolution of 2004, it was not just a case of paranoia. In this uprising against election fraud, protesters had been trained in political organization and nonviolent resistance by a "transnational actor"-a Western-financed democracy-building coalition.

The role of such

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When Vladimir Putin claimed "outside forces" were at work during the Ukrainian Orange Revolution of 2004, it was not just a case of paranoia. In this uprising against election fraud, protesters had been trained in political organization and nonviolent resistance by a "transnational actor"-a Western-financed democracy-building coalition.

The role of such transnational actors has been downplayed or dismissed by many theorists examining transitions in Central and East Europe. Realists maintain that only powerful states assert major influence in the international system, while others argue that transnational actors affect mainly rhetoric, not actual policy outcomes. The contributors to this volume contend that transnational actors have exerted a powerful influence in postcommunist transitions. These actors include international governmental and nongovernmental organizations, corporations, banks, foundations, religious groups, and activist networks, among others. By employing a model of "quadruple transition," the contributors demonstrate how transitions to democracy, capitalism, and nation-statehood were facilitated by the integration of states into an international system of complex interdependence. While initially underestimated, transnational actors turned out to be the dark matter that held the various aspects of the transition together.

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“This volume is the first encompassing and theoretically oriented statement on the diverse ways transnational actors and factors could be included in the analysis of change in Central and Eastern Europe. It represents a major common statement by the representatives of the new approach, fills a gap, and will serve as a baseline for further debates in the field.”
—Laszlo Bruszt, European University Institute

“Offers a wide-ranging assessment of both the mechanisms of transnational influence and the extent of this influence in various issue areas. It will be useful to those new to the area of transnational influence as well as offering detailed essays for those interested in certain specific areas. It is to be commended for its breadth of coverage and willingness to encompass competing views.”
—Slavonic and East European Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822943488
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Pitt Russian East European Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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