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Post-Communist Democratization


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Part I. Introductory: 1. The discourses of democratic transition; 2. Methodology; Part II. Pre-Transition Countries: 3. China; 4. Yugoslavia; Part III. Halting Transitions: 5. Belarus; 6. Russia; 7. Ukraine; Part IV. Transition Torn by War: 8. Armenia; 9. Georgia; 10. Moldova; Part V. Late Developers: 11. Slovakia; 12. Romania; 13. Bulgaria; Part VI. Trailblazers: 14. Poland; 15. Czechia; Part VII. Conclusions: 16. Differences that matter - and those that do not.

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This book examines the way democracy is thought about and lived by people in the post-communist world.

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John Dryzek is Professor of Social and Political Theory in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He has also taught at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne. He is the author of a number of books on environmental politics and democracy, most recently Deliberative Democracy and Beyond (2000), and Democracy in Capitalist Times (1996). Leslie Holmes is Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne. His recent books are Post-communism (1997) and The End of Communist Power (1993).


' ... readers can learn a fair amount about conditions in the individual countries concerned.' Slavonica ' ... this volume is nuanced, sympathetic to national differences and fully addresses some of the deterministic impulses of the standard democratization literature.' South East European Review 'Post-Communist Democratization is a valuable addition to the study of the democratization of the former communist countries ... the book strongly opposes the hasty and sometimes politically motivated works based on cultural determination and is a welcome addition to the field of democratic theory. it is a highly recommended read for those democratization experts who believe that a more thorough study of the events of the last 10-15 years in the former communist block is yet to be done.' Acta Politica 'Post-Communist Democratization is an excellent piece of work. It was a well-conceived project, the findings of which have been equally well presented. It is a book that will be of interest to area specialists as well as those with a broader interest in theories of democracy. It is a pity that there are not more studies of this calibre available. Democratization

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