Liberal Pluralism and Post‐Communism

George Schöpflin

in Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248155
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602955 | DOI:
 Liberal Pluralism and Post‐Communism

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This paper explores the problems of liberal pluralism in post-Communist Central and South-Eastern Europe. It argues that the Anglo-Saxon analyses of post-Communism are hampered by the analysts’ own cultural baggage – the assumptions they make on the nature of democratic best practice. Central and South Eastern Europe will develop their own democratic norms, concepts, and patterns which will be unique and democratic. Deeper and more thoughtful assessments of the success and failure criteria of democracy are needed than those offered by Anglo-Saxon analysis.

Keywords: liberal pluralism; Central Europe; South Eastern Europe; democracy; post-Communism

Chapter.  7159 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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