Book Central and East European politics : from communism to democracy / edited by Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Leftwich Curry.
Associated Name: Wolchik, Sharon L., editor.
Associated Name: Curry, Jane Leftwich, 1948- editor.
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Call Number DJK51 .C437 2015
Media class: Book
Edition: Third edition.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442224209 1442224207 9781442224216 1442224215
Extent: xvi, 550 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
"Explores the post-communist half of Europe and the problems and potential it brings to the world stage ... the book offers an authoritative and current analysis of the region's transformations and realities -- from pre-communist history to the victories and reversals in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine, including the Euromaidan and its domestic and international ramifications. Divided into two parts, the book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including EU and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, legacies of the past, and political reform. Leading scholars provide the crucial historical context necessary to evaluate the challenges facing the region. They explain how communism ended and how democratic politics has developed or is struggling to emerge in its wake, how individual countries have transformed their economies, how their populations have been affected by rapid and wrenching change, and how foreign policy making has evolved. They explore the reversals and conflicts that have emerged even in the most successful transitions and their relevance to our understanding of political transitions and democratic consolidation in general"--Publisher's web site.
Part 1. Introduction. Twenty-five years after 1989 : issues in postcommunist Europe / Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Leftwich Curry -- Part 2. Policies and issues. The political transition / Valerie Bunce -- Re-creating the market / Sharon Fisher -- Social aspects of transformation / Alfio Cerami -- Ethnicity, nationalism, and the expansion of democracy / Zsuzsa Csergő -- Women's participation in postcommunist politics / Marilyn Rueschemeyer -- Transitional justice in Central and Eastern Europe / Peter Rožič and Brian Grodsky -- EU accession and after / Ronald H. Linden with Shane Killian -- Security issues : NATO and beyond / Joshua Spero -- Part 3. Case studies. Poland : the politics of "god's playground" / Jane Leftwich Curry -- The Czech and Slovak Republics : two paths to the same destination / Sharon L. Wolchik -- Hungary : from postcommunism to populist nationalism / Federigo Argentieri -- The Baltic countries : changes and challenges in the new Europe / Daina S. Eglitis -- Bulgaria : progress and development / Janusz Bugajski -- Romania : old problems and new challenges / Daniel Brett -- Albania : the challenges of transition / Elez Biberaj -- Former Yugoslavia and its successors / Mark Baskin and Paula Pickering -- Ukraine : leaving the crossroads / Taras Kuzio -- Part 4. Conclusion. Twenty-five years after 1989 : a balance sheet / Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Leftwich Curry.