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The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe

Edited by Sten Berglund, Professor of Political Science, University of Örebro, Sweden, the late Tomas Hellén, formerly Doctor of Political Science, Åbo Academy, University of Finland and the late Frank H. Aarebrot, formerly Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway
This major new reference book provides an authoritative and thorough analysis of the political changes which have occurred in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It offers an historical, comparative perspective of the region and focuses on the social consequences of the transition, historical legacies, and variations between countries in the sequences of the changes.
Extent: 416 pp
Hardback Price: $229.00 Web: $206.10
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 840 5
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  • Politics and Public Policy
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This major new reference book provides an authoritative and thorough analysis of the political changes which have occurred in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It offers an historical, comparative perspective of the region and focuses on the social consequences of the transition, historical legacies, and variations between countries in the sequences of the changes.

This comprehensive handbook includes detailed examinations of elections, the formation of governments, electoral systems, and constitutional arrangements. It features country case studies on Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, and Bulgaria. These are supplemented by several chapters drawing conclusions on the transition to democracy in the region as a whole, and the consolidation of democracy in a post-communist setting.

The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe provides a state-of-the art companion which will be indispensable for students and scholars in the social sciences including transitional economics, comparative economic systems and political science, as well as for policymakers and practitioners.
‘The editors have succeeded in putting together an excellent group of authors who present a well informed and balanced analysis of the formation of political systems in the examined countries. . . . The authors of this book are to be congratulated on the structure and clarity of its presentation. This volume makes an interesting contribution to knowledge in this field and should be useful reading for students and experts interested in Central and Eastern European politics.’
– Dan Marek, Journal of European Area Studies

‘This is a very interesting reference book of the political changes in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It will prove to be of great use for everybody involved in research on Eastern Europe, but it can also offer considerable introductory information to those who have not followed the most recent developments in the region.’
– Ioannis Armakolas, The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest
Contributors: F. Aarebrot, S. Berglund, W. Crowther, M. Grzybowski, T. Hellén, G. Karasimeonov, M. Lagerspetz, Z. Mansfeldová, H. Smith-Sivertsen, G. Tóka, H. Vogt, D. Zajc, D. Zeruolis
Contents: Preface 1. Foundations of Change 2. The Challenge of History in Eastern Europe 3. Estonia 4. Latvia 5. Lithuania 6. Poland 7. The Czech and Slovak Republics 8. Hungary 9. Slovenia 10. Romania 11. Bulgaria 12. From Transition to Consolidation