Central and southeast european politics since 1989

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Central and southeast european politics since 1989
Fecha de edición:
30 oct. 2019
Número de Edición:
Ramet, Sabrina P. / Hassenstab, Christine M.
Lugar de edición:
Reino Unido

The collapse of the communist monopoly across Central and Southeastern Europe in 1989/1990 initiated a process of rapid political, economic, and cultural change. While Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia went on to suffer three and a half years of war, all the states of the region have confronted challenges as they dismantled communist institutions and drafted new laws, in some cases ignoring their own laws. Indeed, in certain countries, local politicians have done their best to corrupt the media and the economy, with recent years seeing some states move in an illiberal direction. Throughout the region, however, there has been a strong interest in enjoying the benefits of membership of the European Union and NATO. In this updated second edition, regional specialists comprehensively analyze the post-communist trajectories of the states of Central and Southeastern Europe, encompassing democratization, privatization, corruption, and war. It will appeal to students and scholars, whether they have a specific interest in the region, or are studying European politics more generally.

  • Offers a country by country analysis of the region, written by experts with local insight
  • Each country chapter includes a timeline from the Middle Ages to today, as well as a short biography of a leading figure in the post-1989 era
  • Includes a country fact sheet, providing the latest figures for population size, urban population, percentage below the poverty line, unemployment rate, GDP per capita, percentage with higher education, and literacy rate

Part I. Introduction:
1. The challenge of transformation since 1989: an introduction Sabrina P. Ramet and Christine M. Hassenstab
2. Post-socialist models of rule in Central and Southeastern Europe Sabrina P. Ramet and F. Peter Wagner

Part II. Issues:
3. Media, journalism, and the third wave of democratization in former Communist countries Peter Gross
4. Economic reforms and the burdens of transition Karl Kaser
5. The war of Yugoslav succession Marko Attila Hoare

Part III. Central Europe:
6. Poland since 1989: muddling through, wall to wall Konstanty Gebert
7. Building democratic values in the Czech Republic since 1989 Carol Skalnik Leff
8. Slovakia since 1989 Erika Harris and Karen Henderson
9. Two faces of Hungary: from democratization to democratic backsliding András Bozóki and Eszter Simon

Part IV. Yugoslav Successor States:
10. Slovenia since 1989 Danica Fink-Hafner
11. Politics in Croatia since 1990 Sabrina P. Ramet and Ivo Goldstein
12. Serbia and Montenegro since 1989 Sabrina P. Ramet
13. Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1991 Florian Bieber
14. Macedonia/North Macedonia since 1989 Zachary T. Irwin
15. Kosova: from resisting expulsion to building on independence Frances Trix

Part V. Southeastern Europe:
16. Romania: in the shadow of the past Lavinia Stan
17. Bulgaria since 1989 Maria Spirova and Radostina Sharenkova-Toshkova
18. Albania since 1989: the Hoxhaist Legacy Bernd J. Fischer

Part VI. Present and Future Challenges:
19. Regional security and regional relations Rick Fawn
20. The European Union and democratization in Central and Southeastern Europe since 1989 Ulrich Sedelmeier
21. Conclusion – adapting to the twenty-first century: lessons, progress, and regression Aurel Braun.

Sabrina P. Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Sabrina P. Ramet is a Professor Emerita of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. She is the author of fourteen books, including Thinking about Yugoslavia: Scholarly Debates about the Yugoslav Breakup and the Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo (Cambridge, 2005) and The Catholic Church in Polish History: From 966 to the present (2017).

Christine M. Hassenstab, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Christine M. Hassenstab is the author of Body Law and the Body of Law: A Comparative Study of Social Norm Inclusion in Norwegian and American Laws (2015), and has co-edited previous titles including (with Sabrina P. Ramet and Ola Listhaug) Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States: Accomplishments, Setbacks, Challenges since 1990 (Cambridge, 2017).

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