The Politics of Central Europe provides a thorough introduction to East Central Europe and its renewed emergence since the momentous changes in the former Soviet bloc. By carefully differentiating between Central Europe, East Central Europe, and the Balkans, Attila -gh shows how the term Eastern Europe was a political misnomer of the Cold War. Drawing on theories of democratization to develop a common conceptual and theoretical framework, this book is the first to place the political and social changes of this complex region in a genuinely comparative perspective. Clearly organized into broad thematic sections, the student is shown how to distinguish between processes of democratization and redemocratization, transition, and transformation and is introduced to the important issues of Europeanization, nation-building, institutionalization, parties, and political culture. Illustrated throughout with chronological charts and the latest data analysis, The Politics of Central Europe provides an invaluable guide to the emerging political systems and the future prospects for systemic change at the core of the new Europe. It will be essential reading to all students of democratization, comparative politics, and European politics.

The Triple Transition and Nation-Building

The triple transition and nation-building

Interrelationships in a Fourfold Process

There has been a debate whether the term transition can be used in the analysis of the ECE and Balkan regions because it indicates a direction and goal for changes, or whether the term transformation has to be used because it is free of this ‘teleological’ meaning. Of course, there are also many transformations in these regions, but in my view the term transition has to be kept, since there is, indeed, ...

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