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Emerging Democracies in East Central Europe and the Balkans

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Emerging Democracies in East Central Europe and the Balkans

9781858988177 Edward Elgar Publishing
Attila Ágh, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Political Science, Budapest Corvinus University, Hungary
Publication Date: 1998 ISBN: 978 1 85898 817 7 Extent: 368 pp
This book offers a comprehensive analytical comparison of the democratization process in twelve countries of East Central Europe and the Balkans. It characterizes the types of democratization which have occurred in the region from 1989 until the end of 1997 and sets these recent changes within the framework of the political history of the countries.

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This book offers a comprehensive analytical comparison of the democratization process in twelve countries of East Central Europe and the Balkans. It characterizes the types of democratization which have occurred in the region from 1989 until the end of 1997 and sets these recent changes within the framework of the political history of the countries.

Emerging Democracies in East Central Europe and the Balkans takes a unique look at the democratization process using evidence which is not readily available in the existing literature. It examines less well-known countries including Albania and Macedonia, and more complex countries such as Serbia. Atilla Ágh analyses the political, parliamentary and party developments from a comparative perspective both within the countries themselves and within the region as a whole. Considering all countries within the same theoretical framework, he also examines the long-term historical dimension and legacies of political culture. In addition, he analyses the goals of achieving Euro-Atlantic integration and the preparation of full membership to NATO and the European Union. Finally, he compares these new democracies with developments in Southern Europe and Latin America.

This book will be welcomed by scholars and students of comparative politics and politics of emerging democracies as well as government officials and policymakers.
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‘Agh combines area studies and comparative politics, so frequently divided after the collapse of communism, in a harmonious way . . . The value of this volume – compared to so many collections of papers by various authors – lies in the systematic uniformity with which the material on various countries is presented . . . The book will prove to be extremely useful as a textbook in comparative politics and East European studies.’
– Klaus von Beyme, Slavic Review

‘. . . the book is informative and easy to read. It also includes a number of useful tables of election outcomes, and basic data on the countries covered.’
– Adrian Hyde-Price, International Affairs

‘It is a sturdy work, of real value to the traveller who makes a political voyage through today’s East central Europe.’
– Frederick Quinn, Ethnic Research Digest
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Contents: Part I: Introduction Democratization in a Regional Approach 1. Democratization in a Regional Approach Part II: East Central European Countries in Re-Democratization 2. The Early Comer: Poland 3. The Long Transition: Hungary 4. The Velvet Transformation: Czech and Slovak Republics Part III: The Balkan Countries in Democratization 5. The Disintegration of Yugoslavia 6. National Integration in the Yugoslav Successor States 7. The Forerunner in the Balkans: Bulgaria 8. The Legacy of the Authoritarian Past: Romania 9. The Latecomer in the Balkans: Albania Part IV: Conclusion 10. The Europeanization of the East Central European and Balkan Regions
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