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The democratic transition of post-communist Europe [electronic resource] : in the shadow of communist differences and uneven EUropeanisation /
Milenko Petrovic.
imprint
Houndmills, Baskingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
description
xx, 196 pages ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780230354319 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Baskingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
9780230354319 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Machine generated contents note: -- Foreword; Richard Crampton -- Introduction -- 1. Socio-economic and Political Facts on Post-Communist Transition -- 2. Critique of the Existing Explanations -- 3. Differing Aspects of Communism -- 4. Differing Regime Changes and Outcomes, 1989-2004 -- 5. The Changed EU approach - New Challenges for the Western Balkan States after 2005? -- Conclusion.
abstract
"Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent events, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition. It challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same, and differing from existing books on the subject, it provides a full account of how certain variations in the functioning of the communist political and socio-economic systems in East Central Europe and the Balkans defined the different modes of power transfer of states in the two regions and their subsequent pathways following the fall of communism. The author also develops a new angle on national and regional post-communist pathways by exploring varying levels of success in both post-communist political and economic reforms as well as the ability of particular states to (re)establish close political ties with the West, especially the EU, and secure necessary foreign assistance for post-communist reform. Unobtrusive, factual and ultimately convincing, with a foreword written by the leading world scholar in the twentieth-century history of Central and Eastern Europe, Professor Richard Crampton from Oxford, this volume is an excellent contribution to existing literature on democratic reform in the countries of post-communist Europe"--
catalogue key
12026075
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-184) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Milenko Petrovic is a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He lectures on 20th century Eastern European history and politics, Europe's economic development and the EU's eastern enlargement. His research and publications are focused on problems of post-communist transition in East Central and South-Eastern Europe and EU enlargement to the East.
Reviews
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In this powerful contribution to the literature on the democratisation of post-communist Europe, Milenko Petrovic's path-breaking study shows that the slower movement towards parliamentary democracy and a market economy in the Balkan states was not in fact the result of some innate political or social inferiority but rather of the significant differences in the nature of communist power in those states. Richard Crampton, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK This impressive account of the different trajectories of the countries in East Central Europe and the Balkans from the pre-communist period through to their highly differentiated EU integration experiences has the hallmarks of a benchmark study. The intricate inter-weaving of economic and political historical threads is unerringly unpicked and exposed to critical analysis by an author with a deep personal and academic knowledge of these countries. Allan Williams, Faculty of Business Economics and Law, University of Surrey, UK It is now almost a quarter of a century since the collapse of communist power in Central and Eastern Europe, and the time is ripe for a new, deep analysis of the reasons for the very diverse trajectories in the region. Milenko Petrovic has provided just such an analysis. This is a book that will force scholars to revisit and recast many of the dominant interpretations of post-communist Europe. Leslie Holmes, Professor of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia.
In this powerful contribution to the literature on the democratization of post-communist Europe, Milenko Petrovic's path-breaking study shows that the slower movement towards parliamentary democracy and a market economy in the Balkan states was not in fact the result of some innate political or social inferiority but rather of the significant differences in the nature of communist power in those states. Richard Crampton, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, UK This impressive account of the different trajectories of the countries in East Central Europe and the Balkans from the pre-Communist period through to their highly differentiated EU integration experiences has the hallmarks of a benchmark study. The intricate inter-weaving of economic and political historical threads is unerringly unpicked and exposed to critical analysis by an author with a deep personal and academic knowledge of these countries. Allan Williams, Faculty of Business Economics and Law, University of Surrey, UK
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Summaries
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Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent developments, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition.
Long Description
Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent developments, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition. It challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same, but differing from existing books on the subject, it provides a full account of how certain variations in the functioning of the communist political and socio-economic systems in East Central Europe and the Balkans defined the different modes of power transfer of states in the two regions and their subsequent pathways following the fall of communism. The author also develops a new angle on national and regional pathways post-communism, by exploring varying levels of success in both post-communist political and economic reforms as well as the ability of particular states to (re)establish close political ties with the West, especially the EU, and secure necessary foreign assistance for post-communist reform. Unobtrusive, factual and ultimately convincing, this volume is an excellent edition to existing literature on democratic reform in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Long Description
Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent events, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition. It challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same, and differing from existing books on the subject, it provides a full account of how certain variations in the functioning of the communist political and socio-economic systems in East Central Europe and the Balkans defined the different modes of power transfer of states in the two regions and their subsequent pathways following the fall of communism. The author also develops a new angle on national and regional post-communist pathways, by exploring varying levels of success in both post-communist political and economic reforms as well as the ability of particular states to (re)establish close political ties with the West, especially the EU, and secure necessary foreign assistance for post-communist reform. Unobtrusive, factual and ultimately convincing, this volume is an excellent addition to existing literature on democratic reform in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Main Description
Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent developments, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition. It challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same, but differing from existing books on the subject, it provides a full account of how certain variations in the functioning of the communist political and socio-economic systemsin East Central Europe and the Balkans defined the different modes of power transfer of states in the two regions and their subsequent pathways following the fall of communism. The author also develops a new angle on national and regional pathways post-communism, by exploring varying levels of success in both post-communist political and economic reforms as well as the ability of particular states to (re)establish close political ties with the West, especially the EU, and secure necessary foreign assistance for post-communist reform. Unobtrusive, factual and ultimately convincing, this volume is an excellent edition to existing literature on democratic reform in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Main Description
Tracing both economic and political developments through the prism of history as well as more recent events, this book casts new light on the role of communist history in setting the different regional successes in post-communist transition. It challenges the dominant view that all communist systems were the same, and differing from existing books on the subject, it provides a full account of how certain variations in the functioning of the communist political and socio-economic systems inEast Central Europe and the Balkans defined the different modes of power transfer of states in the two regions and their subsequent pathways following the fall of communism. The author also develops a new angle on national and regional post-communist pathways by exploring varying levels of success in both post-communist political and economic reforms as well as the ability of particular states to (re)establish close political ties with the West, especially the EU, and secure necessary foreign assistance for post-communist reform.Unobtrusive, factual and ultimately convincing, with a foreword written by the leading world scholar in the twentieth-century history of Central and Eastern Europe, Professor Richard Crampton from Oxford, this volume is an excellent contribution to existing literature on democratic reform in the countries of post-communist Europe.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Forewordp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Socio-Economic and Political Facts on Post-Communist Transitionp. 11
The necessity for and uneven distribution of foreign assistancep. 11
The decisive importance of EU assistancep. 17
The rejection of EU conditions and assistance for reform by post-communist governments in the Balkans during the early 1990sp. 23
Critique of the Existing Explanationsp. 31
Structural explanations based on the impacts of different pre-communist legacies and geographic locationp. 34
Explanations based on different institutional and behavioural legacies of communismp. 46
The importance of a combined approachp. 54
Differing Aspects of Communismp. 59
The pre-communist pastp. 61
The establishment of communist rulep. 70
The character of communist party rule: weak and strong communismp. 75
The socio-economic effects of communist industrialisation and urbanisationp. 88
The role of the churchp. 94
Differing Regime Changes and Outcomes, 1989-2004p. 102
Peaceful revolutions in East Central Europe…p. 103
…and Balkan "evolutions"p. 108
Slovenian and Baltic specificsp. 114
The different role of external factors despite the same EU approachp. 121
The Changed EU Approach - New Challenges for the Western Balkan States after 2005?p. 131
The emergence of an EU perspectivep. 132
The emergence of enlargement fatigue - the disappearance of the EU perspective for the Western Balkans?p. 139
The problem of political (in)stability and the statehood status disputesp. 146
Conclusionp. 160
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 185
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