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From Elections to Democracy

From Elections to Democracy
Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland

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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521692151

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  • The transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe is not complete. The process by which governments make policy is often closed and difficult to penetrate. Frequently, only a few insiders are consulted, and even when the process is more oprn, short time limits and bureaucratic resistance make the process opaque to ordinary citizens. Drawing on interviews with key officials and private sector activists, this book documents existing problems with the policymaking processes in Hungary and Poland and argues for reforms that will enhance the accountability of all democracies in the region.

    • Author is one of the world's leading students of the overlap between law, policy and economics
    • Based on original research in Eastern Europe, numerous interviews with leading scholars and officials
    • Highly accessible approach, with very clear policy recommendations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Susan Rose-Ackerman's latest book is the clearest statement yet of the inadequacy of mechanistsic indicators of democracy...a beautifully clear, meticulous work of scholarship that is as concerned with analyzing the shortcomings of post-communist democracy as it is focused on providing potential solutions." - Political Science Quarterly, Anna Gryzmala-Busse, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    "...this book provides a unique, carefully researched, well-written, and highly compelling account of a serious problem in European democracy..." -Mitchell Orenstein, Governance

    "This elegant and informatative volume can be used as an undergraduate text, but it is particularly valuable or students of (comparative) democratizations. Policy experts and politicians would also gain in wisdom should they decide to immerse themselves in its contents." - Jane Kubik, Rutgers University, Slavic Review

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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521692151
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Policymaking accountability and democratic consolidation
    2. Alternative routes to policymaking accountability
    3. The legacy of the past
    4. External accountability and the European Union
    5. Oversight
    6. Decentralized political accountability
    7. Public participation in policymaking: government procedures
    8. Civil society groups: overview
    9. Environmental advocacy organizations in Hungary
    10. Student and youth organizations in Poland
    11. Democratic consolidation and policymaking accountability.

  • Author

    Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University, Connecticut
    Susan Rose-Ackerman is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence (Law and Political Science) at Yale University, Connecticut. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, New York. She has held Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and has been a Research Fellow at the World Bank, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, and Collegium Budapest. Professor Rose-Ackerman is the author of Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform (Cambridge, 1999, with subsequent translations into nine languages), Controlling Environmental Policy and The Nonprofit Enterprise in Market Economies. She is one of the editors of Building a Trustworthy State in Post-Socialist Transition and Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transition. Both these books as well as From Elections to Democracy are products of the project, Honesty and Trust in Post-Socialist Transition, jointly organized by the author and János Kornai at Collegium Budapest. Professor Rose-Ackerman has also published widely in law, economics and policy journals. Her research interests include comparative regulatory law and policy, the political economy of corruption, public policy and administrative law, and law and economics.

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