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Post-Communist Transitional Justice
Lessons from Twenty-Five Years of Experience

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Brian Grodsky, Robert Austin, Aleks Szczerbiak, Moira Lynch, Bridget Marchesi, Roman David, Cynthia M. Horne, Monica Ciobanu, Helga A. Welsh, Jelena Subotic, Andrew Beattie, Duncan Light, Craig Young, Olivera Simic, Lavinia Stan
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107065567

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  • Taking stock of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collapse of the communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe, this volume explores the ways these societies have grappled with the serious human rights violations of past regimes. It focuses on the most important factors that have shaped the nature, speed, and sequence of transitional justice programs in the period spanning the tumultuous revolutions that brought about the collapse of the communist dictatorships and the consolidation of new democratic regimes. Contributors explain why leaders made certain choices, discuss the challenges they faced, and explore the role of under-studied actors and grassroots strategies. Written by recognized experts with an unparalleled grasp of the region's communist and post-communist reality, this volume addresses far-reaching reckoning, redress, and retribution policy choices. It is an engaging and carefully crafted volume, and it covers a wide variety of cases and discusses key transitional justice theories using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

    • Commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1989 revolutions and takes stock of what has happened during that period of time
    • Covers a wide variety of cases in Central and Eastern Europe
    • At the forefront of identifying and discussing the most significant theoretical lessons we can grasp by studying post-communist Eastern European efforts to reckon with the recent past
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    'This volume succeeds in presenting a coherent and nuanced account of the post-1989 experience of CEE with dealing with the past. It speaks of several commonalities with regard to not only political manipulations of truth and memory, the abuses and misuses of transitional justice for scapegoating or political legitimacy, the role of liminality and transcendence, but also of the trade-off between truth and democratic development. It convincingly shows that transitional justice in CEE is much broader than the topic of lustration and offers numeric shades of grey to each of the attempted policies of reckoning.' Jessie Hronesova, Nationalities Papers

    'I believe that Stan and Nedelsky’s ambitious and systematic book is bound to become a work of reference for scholars of transitional justice and area studies, and for political theorists alike. Since the volume forwards the understanding of transitional justice in several different ways, it is also not difficult to see it included in reading lists for advanced seminars or lectures in transitional justice or political theory.' Liviu Damsa, Europe-Asia Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107065567
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Determinants of Transitional Justice:
    1. Transitional justice and political goods Brian Grodsky
    2. Transitional justice as electoral politics Robert Austin
    3. Explaining late lustration programs: lessons from the Polish case Aleks Szczerbiak
    Part II. The Impact of Transitional Justice:
    4. The adoption and impact of transitional justice Moira Lynch and Bridget Marchesi
    5. Transitional justice effects in the Czech Republic Roman David
    Part III. Key Challenges:
    6. The timing of transitional justice measures Cynthia M. Horne
    7. The challenge of competing pasts Monica Ciobanu
    8. Beyond the national: pathways of diffusion Helga A. Welsh
    9. The mythologizing of communist violence Jelena Subotic
    Part IV. History, Justice, and Public Memory:
    10. Post-communist truth commissions: between transitional justice and the politics of history Andrew Beattie
    11. Public memory, commemoration, and transitional justice: reconfiguring the past in public space Duncan Light and Craig Young
    12. Stories we tell: documentary theater, performance, and justice in transition Olivera Simic
    13. Vigilante justice and unofficial truth projects Lavinia Stan.

  • Editors

    Lavinia Stan, St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
    Lavinia Stan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at St Francis Xavier University, Canada. She is an associate editor of the peer-reviewed Women's Studies International Forum and, most recently, the co-author or co-editor of Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania (2013); Church, State and Democracy in the Expanding Europe (with Lucian Turcescu, 2011); and the three-volume Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (with Nadya Nedelsky, 2013). Stan is also the author of more than fifty peer-reviewed articles published in the European Political Science Journal, Problems of Post-Communism, Communist and Post-Communist Politics, and Europe-Asia Studies.

    Nadya Nedelsky, Macalester College, Minnesota
    Nadya Nedelsky is Associate Professor of International Studies at Macalester College. She is the author of Defining the Sovereign Community: National Identity, Individual Rights, and Minority Membership in the Czech and Slovak Republics (2009) and the co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (with Lavinia Stan, 2013). She is author of the national report on the Czech and Slovak republics titled How the Memory of Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes in Europe is Dealt with in the Member States commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General of Justice, Freedom and Security.


    Brian Grodsky, Robert Austin, Aleks Szczerbiak, Moira Lynch, Bridget Marchesi, Roman David, Cynthia M. Horne, Monica Ciobanu, Helga A. Welsh, Jelena Subotic, Andrew Beattie, Duncan Light, Craig Young, Olivera Simic, Lavinia Stan

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