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Post-Communist Democratization
Political Discourses across Thirteen Countries

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521806640

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  • The study of the democratic transitions of former Communist states has been fertile ground for students of politics. This book provides a novel "ground up" perspective by examining the ways in which ordinary people have viewed and responded to democracy. Examining a number of countries at different stages of transition, they argue that democracy has been understood differently in different places and with varying levels of approval. The authors define their research within the context of each country's history and relate their analysis to future prospects for reform.

    • Innovative study of democracy and democratization, with in-depth study of public attitudes in thirteen countries
    • Links theory of democracy to how democracy actually works in post-communist world
    • Dryzek is a well-known political theorist, Holmes a leading scholar of the post-communist world
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    "Useful and sometimes surprising insights..." Foreign Affairs

    "This interesting and frequently provocative volume is sure to appeal to readers interested in whether democracy is likely to take root and flourish in postcommunist-ruled societies. Recommended." Choice

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521806640
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Authors

    John S. Dryzek, ANZSOG Institute for Governance
    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 Templeman Holmes, University of Melbourne
    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).

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