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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

Edited by Jan Zielonka and Alex Pravda

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244096
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924409X.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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This is the second volume in a two‐volume series on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe. The series focuses on three major aspects of democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe: institutional engineering, transnational pressures, and civil society. This volume analyses the external parameters of democratic consolidation in 13 European countries: how different international actors and various economic, cultural, and security types of transnational pressures have shaped democratic politics in the region. The aim is to contrast a set of democracy theories with empirical evidence accumulated in Eastern Europe over the past 10 years. The volume tries to avoid complex debates about definitions, methods, and the uses and misuses of comparative research. Instead, it establishes what has really happened in the region, and which of the existing theories have proved helpful in explaining these developments. The Introduction sets out the distinctive features of the post‐communist wave of democratization, examines the aims and methods of major international actors, and considers the determinants of their impact on the political development of Eastern Europe. The volume is divided into two parts. The first part presents a conceptual and comparative analysis. The second consists of detailed studies of individual countries undergoing democratic consolidation. Case study chapters deal with the following countries: Estonia and Latvia, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Macedonia, the states of former Yugoslavia, Belarus, and Ukraine, and finally Russia. The concluding chapter identifies a set of variables responsible for the enormous impact of external factors on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe. It conceptualizes the interplay of internal and external factors impinging upon democracy, and shows the interplay of different positive and negative types of external pressures, such as conditionality.

Keywords: civil society; conditionality; democracy; democratic consolidation; democratization; Eastern Europe; institutional engineering; international actors; post‐communism

Book.  568 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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Introduction in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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Western Actors and the Promotion of Democracy in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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Regionalization and Democratic Consolidation in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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The Impact of External Economic Factors: The Role of the IMF in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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International Security and Democracy Building in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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The Internationalization of Ethnic Strife in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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International Migration and the Consolidation of Democracy in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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Crime, Corruption, and Politics: Transnational Factors in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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Attitudes Towards the West, Democracy, and the Market in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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Estonia and Latvia: International Influences on Citizenship and Minority Integration in Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors

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