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Conclusions: On the Relevance of Institutions and the Centrality of Constitutions in Post‐Communist Transitions

Wojciech Sadurski

in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 1: Institutional Engineering

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244089
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244081.003.0017

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Conclusions: On the Relevance of Institutions and the Centrality of Constitutions in Post‐Communist Transitions

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The concluding chapter concentrates on the importance of institutions in the democratic consolidation of post‐communist Eastern Europe. The chapter is divided into four parts that address issues concerning the importance of institutions in this process. The first section describes the ways in which institutions can affect political life by changing the pattern of incentives for particular behaviour by political actors. The second part shows how constitutions influence national identity by defining state citizenship. The third section refers to the activity of constitution‐making and how this process has taken place in Eastern Europe. The fourth part discusses how constitutions in Eastern Europe are transforming the way political demands, claims, and arguments are made by political actors.

Keywords: citizenship; constitutionalism; democratic consolidation; Eastern Europe; incentives; institutional engineering; institutions; national identity; political actors; post‐communist transition

Chapter.  8003 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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