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Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989

Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989

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Sabrina P. Ramet, Christine M. Hassenstab, F. Peter Wagner, Peter Gross, Karl Kaser, Marko Attila Hoare, Konstanty Gebert, Carol Skalnik Leff, Erika Harris, Karen Henderson, András Bozóki, Eszter Simon, Danica Fink-Hafner, Ivo Goldstein, Florian Bieber, Zachary T. Irwin, Frances Trix, Lavinia Stan, Maria Spirova, Radostina Sharenkova-Toshkova, Bernd J. Fischer, Rick Fawn, Ulrich Sedelmeier, Aurel Braun
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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108718660

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  • The collapse of the communist monopoly across Central and Southeastern Europe in 1989/1990 initiated a process of rapid political, economic, and cultural change. While Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia went on to suffer three and a half years of war, all the states of the region have confronted challenges as they dismantled communist institutions and drafted new laws, in some cases ignoring their own laws. Indeed, in certain countries, local politicians have done their best to corrupt the media and the economy, with recent years seeing some states move in an illiberal direction. Throughout the region, however, there has been a strong interest in enjoying the benefits of membership of the European Union and NATO. In this updated second edition, regional specialists comprehensively analyze the post-communist trajectories of the states of Central and Southeastern Europe, encompassing democratization, privatization, corruption, and war. It will appeal to students and scholars, whether they have a specific interest in the region, or are studying European politics more generally.

    • Offers a country by country analysis of the region, written by experts with local insight
    • Each country chapter includes a timeline from the Middle Ages to today, as well as a short biography of a leading figure in the post-1989 era
    • Includes a country fact sheet, providing the latest figures for population size, urban population, percentage below the poverty line, unemployment rate, GDP per capita, percentage with higher education, and literacy rate
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    ‘The second edition of this useful collection of essays provides context for the persistent challenges to what in 1989 was advertised as the ‘transition' of Central and Eastern Europe from Communism to liberal democracy and European integration. Contributors take a sober view of populism and the stubborn corrosive of corruption and provide specific suggestions on how governments, activists, and European institutions might overcome the disorientation that has afflicted them since at least the financial crisis of 2008. It helps the reader understand that ‘progress' is only one of multiple plausible futures for the region.' David Kanin, The Johns Hopkins University

    ‘This second edition of the Ramet-Hassenstab book is an extraordinary and timely contribution to rethink the long itinerary of post-socialist Europe from the ‘Great Transformation' of 1989 to the current events. Shedding new light to the impact of reforms and societal transformations, this highly recommended book offers an updated and unique analysis of a world under deep transformation, where still corruption, freedom constraints of media, reforms stagnation, and attractive ‘illiberal democracy' perspectives are playing a crucial role within a broader, European context, which is increasingly under growing disorder. Stefano Bianchini, University of Bologna, Forlì

    ‘With the European Union finally taking note of the illiberal trends in some newer members, this updated volume is a timely look at the mixed outcomes from the post-Communist transitions. Bringing together the insights and analyses of noted specialists from North America and Europe, Ramet and Hassenstab have again grappled superbly with understanding the challenges to democratic resilience, economic reform, and regional security in an era of rising populism, Russian resurgence, and fragile institutions.' Robert F. Goeckel, State University of New York, Geneseo

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108718660
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 maps 19 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The challenge of transformation since 1989: an introduction Sabrina P. Ramet and Christine M. Hassenstab
    2. Post-socialist models of rule in Central and Southeastern Europe Sabrina P. Ramet and F. Peter Wagner
    Part II. Issues:
    3. Media, journalism, and the third wave of democratization in former Communist countries Peter Gross
    4. Economic reforms and the burdens of transition Karl Kaser
    5. The war of Yugoslav succession Marko Attila Hoare
    Part III. Central Europe:
    6. Poland since 1989: muddling through, wall to wall Konstanty Gebert
    7. Building democratic values in the Czech Republic since 1989 Carol Skalnik Leff
    8. Slovakia since 1989 Erika Harris and Karen Henderson
    9. Two faces of Hungary: from democratization to democratic backsliding András Bozóki and Eszter Simon
    Part IV. Yugoslav Successor States:
    10. Slovenia since 1989 Danica Fink-Hafner
    11. Politics in Croatia since 1990 Sabrina P. Ramet and Ivo Goldstein
    12. Serbia and Montenegro since 1989 Sabrina P. Ramet
    13. Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1991 Florian Bieber
    14. Macedonia/North Macedonia since 1989 Zachary T. Irwin
    15. Kosova: from resisting expulsion to building on independence Frances Trix
    Part V. Southeastern Europe:
    16. Romania: in the shadow of the past Lavinia Stan
    17. Bulgaria since 1989 Maria Spirova and Radostina Sharenkova-Toshkova
    18. Albania since 1989: the Hoxhaist Legacy Bernd J. Fischer
    Part VI. Present and Future Challenges:
    19. Regional security and regional relations Rick Fawn
    20. The European Union and democratization in Central and Southeastern Europe since 1989 Ulrich Sedelmeier
    21. Conclusion – adapting to the twenty-first century: lessons, progress, and regression Aurel Braun.

  • Editors

    Sabrina P. Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
    Sabrina P. Ramet is a Professor Emerita of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. She is the author of fourteen books, including Thinking about Yugoslavia: Scholarly Debates about the Yugoslav Breakup and the Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo (Cambridge, 2005) and The Catholic Church in Polish History: From 966 to the present (2017).

    Christine M. Hassenstab, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
    Christine M. Hassenstab is the author of Body Law and the Body of Law: A Comparative Study of Social Norm Inclusion in Norwegian and American Laws (2015), and has co-edited previous titles including (with Sabrina P. Ramet and Ola Listhaug) Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States: Accomplishments, Setbacks, Challenges since 1990 (Cambridge, 2017).

    Contributors

    Sabrina P. Ramet, Christine M. Hassenstab, F. Peter Wagner, Peter Gross, Karl Kaser, Marko Attila Hoare, Konstanty Gebert, Carol Skalnik Leff, Erika Harris, Karen Henderson, András Bozóki, Eszter Simon, Danica Fink-Hafner, Ivo Goldstein, Florian Bieber, Zachary T. Irwin, Frances Trix, Lavinia Stan, Maria Spirova, Radostina Sharenkova-Toshkova, Bernd J. Fischer, Rick Fawn, Ulrich Sedelmeier, Aurel Braun

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