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Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989

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Sabrina P. Ramet, F. Peter Wagner, Reneo Lukic, Elisabeth Bakke, Karl Kaser, Marko Attila Hoare, Konstanty Gebert, Carol Skalnik Leff, Erika Harris, András Bozóki, Eszter Simon, Danica Fink-Hafner, Florian Bieber, Zachary T. Irwin, Frances Trix, Lavinia Stan, Maria Spirova, Bernd Jürgen Fischer, Hermann Smith-Sivertsen, Steven D. Roper, Rick Fawn, Ulrich Sedelmeier, Aurel Braun
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521716161

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  • The only textbook to provide a complete introduction to post-1989 Central and Southeast European politics, this dynamic volume provides a comprehensive account of the collapse of communism and the massive transformation that the region has witnessed. It brings together 23 leading specialists to trace the course of the dramatic changes accompanying democratization. The text provides country-by-country coverage, identifying common themes and enabling students to see which are shared throughout the area, giving them a sense of its unity and comparability whilst strengthening understanding around its many different trajectories. The dual thematic focus on democratization and Europeanization running through the text also helps to reinforce this learning process. Each chapter contains a factual overview to give the reader context concerning the region which will be useful for specialists and newcomers to the subject alike.

    • Combines chapters on central themes with comprehensive country studies, enabling students to gain a comparative understanding of the region as a whole, as well as learning about the countries themselves
    • All chapters follow a consistent structure to ensure coherence and make countries easy to compare
    • Each of the country chapters features chronologies, factfiles, political statistics, a biographical portrait and further reading lists, helping students to obtain factual overviews of each country and the region
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Appearing 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this collection provides a broad and insightful comparative view of the political transformation of Eastern Europe. Examining both successes and failures, the authors - under the editorial guidance of the indefatigable Sabrina Ramet - provide lucid analyses that give due weight to historical and cultural legacies, geographical and personal contingencies, economic and political developments, as well as local and global actors.' Andrew Wachtel, Northwestern University

    'Such a thorough examination of the experience of post-communist countries makes [this] volume essential for anyone interested in learning about East European transitions. The breadth and scope of the volume make it a valuable reference resource for anyone curious about the changes in the former Soviet Bloc. In particular, the accessible style, clear and forceful analysis, and the thorough coverage of the field makes this collection an excellent learning guide for undergraduate students struggling to comprehend the complexity of the post-Cold War period in Eastern Europe. At the same time, the volume lends itself as supplementary reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary European affairs, international relations, comparative politics and European history.' Europe-Asia Studies

    'There are many books that describe and explain the process of democratisation and party system formation in Central and Eastern Europe but few are truly comparative in nature and none have focused on the Southern East European countries. This gap in the academic literature is now filled by this excellent comparative analysis of post-socialist Europe, edited by Sabrina Ramet, which includes states that have so far remained on the periphery of academic research such as the Baltics, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and Moldova … Because of its accessible style it fits within the agenda of modules and courses that aim to provide a macro account of the European transitions. Its contribution to the academic debate on Europe is twofold: it provides a truly comparative account of post-socialist Europe and at the same time it includes in its analytical framework countries that have been excluded from similar analysis.' Lyubka Savkova, Political Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521716161
    • length: 600 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction Sabrina P. Ramet
    2. Post-socialist models of rule in Central and Southeastern Europe Sabrina P. Ramet and F. Peter Wagner
    Part II. Issues:
    3. The emergence of the nation-state in East-Central Europe and the Balkans in historical perspective Reneo Lukic
    4. Central and East European party systems since 1989 Elisabeth Bakke
    5. Economic reforms and the illusion of transition Karl Kaser
    6. The war of Yugoslav succession Marko Attila Hoare
    Part III. Central Europe:
    7. Poland since 1989: muddling through, wall to wall Konstanty Gebert
    8. Building democratic values in the Czech Republic since 1989 Carol Skalnik Leff
    9. Slovakia since 1989 Erika Harris
    10. Hungary since 1989 András Bozóki and Eszter Simon
    Part IV. Yugoslav Successor States:
    11. Slovenia since 1989 Danica Fink-Hafner
    12. Politics in Croatia since 1990 Sabrina P. Ramet
    13. Serbia and Montenegro since 1989 Sabrina P. Ramet
    14. Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1990 Florian Bieber
    15. Macedonia since 1989 Zachary T. Irwin
    16. Kosova: resisting expulsion and striving for independence Frances Trix
    Part V. Southeastern Europe:
    17. Romania: in the shadow of the past Lavinia Stan
    18. Bulgaria since 1989 Maria Spirova
    19. Albania since 1989: the Hoxhaist legacy Bernd Jürgen Fischer
    Part VI. Former Soviet Republics:
    20. The Baltic states Hermann Smith-Sivertsen
    21. Moldova since 1989 Steven D. Roper
    Part VII. Present and Future Challenges:
    22. Regional security and regional relations Rick Fawn
    23. The EU and democratization in Central and Southeastern Europe since 1989 Ulrich Sedelmeier
    24. Facing the twenty-first century: lessons, questions, and tendencies (a conclusion) Aurel Braun.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Balkan Conflict and Politics
    • Central/east european politics
    • Changing Face of Eastern Europe
    • Comparative Democratization
    • Comparative Politics - Non-Western Countries
    • Comparative Politics of Europe
    • East European Politics
    • East European Systems
    • East and Central European Politics and Societies
    • Entry of Post Communist States into European Union
    • Int'l Political Economy
    • Politics and Governments of East Central Europe
    • Politics of Europe
    • Politics of Russia and East Central Europe
    • Post Communist Europe
    • Post-Communist Transformations
    • Postcommunist Politics
    • Postcommunist countries
    • Russian & Post-Soviet Politics
    • Topics in Comparative Politics: European Politics
    • War, Peace & Politics
  • Editor

    Sabrina P. Ramet, Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim
    Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Senior Associate of the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO).


    Sabrina P. Ramet, F. Peter Wagner, Reneo Lukic, Elisabeth Bakke, Karl Kaser, Marko Attila Hoare, Konstanty Gebert, Carol Skalnik Leff, Erika Harris, András Bozóki, Eszter Simon, Danica Fink-Hafner, Florian Bieber, Zachary T. Irwin, Frances Trix, Lavinia Stan, Maria Spirova, Bernd Jürgen Fischer, Hermann Smith-Sivertsen, Steven D. Roper, Rick Fawn, Ulrich Sedelmeier, Aurel Braun

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