Catalogue


The handbook of political change in Eastern Europe /
edited by Sten Berglund, Tomas Hellén, Frank H. Aarebrot.
imprint
Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : E. Elgar, 1998.
description
xvii, 395 p. : ill.
ISBN
1858988403
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Book
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imprint
Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : E. Elgar, 1998.
isbn
1858988403
general note
Includes indexes.
catalogue key
2255088
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-07-01:
This handbook by a distinguished group of European specialists in comparative politics presents "in-depth analysis of the changing cleavage structures in the countries of Eastern Europe as well as hard facts about election results, government formation, electoral system and constitutional arrangements." Two introductory chapters are followed by profiles of electoral politics and public opinion in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Slovenia, Rumania, and Bulgaria. Postcommunist Europe serves as a testing ground for the general model of social cleavages first proposed by Seymour Martin Lipset and Stein Rokkan in Party Systems and Voter Alignments (1967). Despite its handy arrangement by country and its useful tables and indexes, this handbook probably belongs in circulating collections, since the data have little meaning outside the analytic context. For general reference purposes, an encyclopedia of Eastern Europe or Developments in Central and East European Politics 2, ed. by Stephen White, Judy Batt, and Paul G. Lewis (1998), would be more accessible. Graduate students and faculty. J. M. Alexander Carnegie Mellon University
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The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe provides a state-of-the-art companion for students and scholars in the social sciences, including transitional economics, comparative economic systems and political science.
Main Description
The editors have succeeded in putting together an excellent group of authors who present a well informed and balanced analysis of the formation of political systems in the examined countries. . . . The authors of this book are to be congratulated on the structure and clarity of its presentation. This volume makes an interesting contribution to knowledge in this field and should be useful reading for students and experts interested in Central and Eastern European politics. Dan Marek, Journal of European Area Studies This is a very interesting reference book of the political changes in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It will prove to be of great use for everybody involved in research on Eastern Europe, but it can also offer considerable introductory information to those who have not followed the most recent developments in the region. Ioannis Armakolas, The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest This major new reference book provides an authoritative and thorough analysis of the political changes which have occurred in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It offers an historical, comparative perspective of the region and focuses on the social consequences of the transition, historical legacies, and variations between countries in the sequences of the changes. This comprehensive handbook includes detailed examinations of elections, the formation of governments, electoral systems, and constitutional arrangements. It features country case studies on Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, and Bulgaria. These are supplemented by several chapters drawing conclusions on the transition to democracy in the region as a whole, and the consolidation of democracy in a post-communist setting. The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe provides a state-of-the art companion which will be indispensable for students and scholars in the social sciences including transitional economics, comparative economic systems and political science, as well as for policymakers and practitioners.
Unpaid Annotation
'The editors have succeeded in putting together an excellent group of authors who present a well informed and balanced analysis of the formation of political systems in the examined countries.... The authors of this book are to be congratulated on the structure and clarity of its presentation. This volume makes an interesting contribution to knowledge in this field and should be useful reading for students and experts interested in Central and Eastern European politics.' - Dan Marek, Journal of European Area Studies 'This is a very interesting reference book of the political changes in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It will prove to be of great use for everybody involved in research on Eastern Europe, but it can also offer considerable introductory information to those who have not followed the most recent developments in the region.' - Ioannis Armakolas, The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest This major new reference book provides an authoritative and thorough analysis of the political changes which have occurred in Eastern Europe since the demise of communism. It offers an historical, comparative perspective of the region and focuses on the social consequences of the transition, historical legacies, and variations between countries in the sequences of the changes. This comprehensive handbook includes detailed examinations of elections, the formation of governments, electoral systems, and constitutional arrangements. It features country case studies on Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, and Bulgaria. These are supplemented by several chapters drawing conclusions on the transition to democracy in the region as a whole, and the consolidation of democracy in a post-communist setting. The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe provides a state-of-the art companion which will be indispensable for students and scholars in the social sciences including transitional economics, comparative economic systems and political science, as well as for policymakers and practitioners.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figuresp. vii
Notes on the Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
The Diversity of Post-Communist Europep. 1
The Challenge of History in Central and Eastern Europep. 13
Estoniap. 57
Latviap. 95
Lithuaniap. 133
Polandp. 181
The Czech Republicp. 223
Slovakiap. 255
Hungaryp. 289
Sloveniap. 337
Romaniap. 363
Bulgariap. 415
Croatiap. 451
Serbiap. 493
Moldovap. 549
Concluding Remarksp. 593
Name Indexp. 609
Subject Indexp. 617
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