Democracy and Decolonization: East‐Central Europe

Laurence Whitehead

in The International Dimensions of Democratization

Second edition

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199243754
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600333 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Democracy and Decolonization: East‐Central Europe

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This chapter is based on the assumption that, with the benefit of hindsight, it can still be helpful to re‐examine the political upheavals that took place in east Central Europe during 1989. It begins by considering whether key analytical terms, such as ‘democratization’, ‘consolidation’, and ‘transition’ carry connotations in the east Central European context, which are different from those that became established during the Cold War. It then analyses the nature and extent of Western influences over the democratization processes, which culminated in the events of 1989, and which have affected democratic consolidation thereafter. It concludes with a general comparative assessment of the varying types of international influence over east Central European democratization processes, and of their implications for pre‐existing theoretical analysis.

Keywords: democratization; east Central Europe

Chapter.  14658 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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