Book Crafting democracy : regional politics in post-communist Europe / Jennifer A. Yoder.
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Call Number DJK51 .Y53 2013
Media class: Book
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442215986 1442215984
Extent: xv, 235 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The importance of subnational regions to politics, governance, and economic development in Western Europe has long been recognized. However, far less is known about recent steps to introduce a regional level of politics in East Central Europe. Reforms there are part of the larger process of crafting democracy; that is, regional reforms are linked to the economic and political transition away from communism and toward "Europe," specifically the European Union. This book offers an important comparative analysis of the process and outcomes of region-building in the four Visegrád countries. The author investigates why some but not other post-communist countries chose to introduce a regional level of elected government. In the 1990s, for example, Poland boldly took the lead in regionalization, while the Czech Republic and Slovakia lagged behind. Hungary, meanwhile, declined to create regions. The author argues that these regional reform processes have potentially far-reaching implications for state-society relations, political participation, and policymaking at the domestic level. The emergence of new actors at the subnational level, moreover, creates opportunities for cross-border and European Union-level initiatives.
A framework for understanding region building in post-communist Europe -- Poland : the leader of the pack -- The Czech Republic : reluctant regionalization -- Slovakia : belated and incomplete regionalization -- Hungary : the exceptional case?