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.
Chapter 8: The Future of Democracy in East Central Europe and the Balkans
The Future of Democracy in East Central Europe and the Balkans
Summarizing the Key Turning Points of Transition
The short period of time since the miraculous year of 1989 has produced a Great Transformation in the East Central European and Balkan regions. The main turning points within this short time span were very marked – deep ups and downs breaking the monotony of the evolutionary process. These major changes can be briefly summarized thus:
- There was a fierce ‘decommunization’ period with a turning point from communism to traditionalism which was overcome in ECE countries around 1993 ...