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Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy Paperback – November 16, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0742567344 ISBN-10: 0742567346 Edition: Second Edition

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Wolchik (George Washington Univ.) and Curry (Santa Clara Univ.) have edited a useful textbook designed for undergraduate classes that includes chapters dedicated to various themes and countries in Central and East Europe. The first section surveys the political transition, the efforts to re-create the free market economy, the problems raised by ethnic diversity and nationalist sentiment, women's participation in post-communist politics, and the accession to NATO and the EU. The second section includes in-depth case studies of Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslav republics. . . . Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty. (CHOICE)

Now in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the other half of Europe, the new and future members of the EU along with the problems and potential they bring to the region and to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, it offers an authoritative and up-to-date analysis of the transformations and realities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine. The book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including European Union and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, and political reform. New to this edition is a case study of Albania. For students and specialists alike, this book will be an invaluable resource on the newly democratizing states of Europe.

About the Author

Sharon L. Wolchik is professor of political science at George Washington University. Jane L. Curry is professor of political science at Santa Clara University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Second Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742567346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742567344
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This study of transitional states in Eastern Europe examines why some post-Communist sates have become democratic. It presents a thick process trace of the institutional, as well as cultural transitions, in each state and aims to explain why some key actors have maintained a preference for democracy. It further explores what made each state's policy-making capacities sufficient to maintain democracy.

The work has implications that support the neoinstitutionalist literature well, but is written in an accessible manner and provides clear, applied examples with case studies that are thematically organized by region.

Personally, I found this book very useful when asked point blank: is democracy contagious? Though the question was terribly abstract, I was able to clearly isolate cultural variables and popular expectations the volume presents, as well as a number of factors about how each state's institutions are structured. I would highly recommend this text for anyone studying transitional states or those who simply want a good read about what has made some Eastern European countries more democratic than others.
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By stpal001 on October 8, 2014
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Great product. Fast delivery.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mc1090 on July 17, 2012
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These are the clearest explanations of what happened in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989 that I have read. The articles never seem outdated. Highly recommend.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on June 6, 2012
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This book was mandatory for a class and I must say, I wish the professor had chosen something better. Although I was excited to take the class and learn about Central and East Europe, this book made the class boring. The worst thing is I paid over $40.00 for it and could only get back two cents to trade it back. The good thing is it works great as a door stop.
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