Cabinets in Eastern Europe /
Jean Blondel and Ferdinand Müller-Rommel.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
xii, 243 p.
0333748794 (cloth)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
0333748794 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-07-01:
Blondel and Muller-Rommel provide an excellent survey of the cabinets of east central and Eastern Europe. The book is largely a compilation of country chapters with short introductory and concluding chapters. Each country chapter addresses the history of cabinet development since the end of communism and an overview of the primary factors affecting cabinet structures--political parties, executives, cabinet turnover, and administrative support. While the editors confess that the book is not explicitly comparative, the coverage of similar issues in the volume together with the content of a previous volume dedicated to cabinets in Western Europe (by the same title) permits the reader to engage in some limited comparisons. The final chapter offers some comparisons but is more noteworthy for its suggestions for further research. The appendixes also provide useful data on cabinet and ministerial duration in east central and Eastern Europe. The general coverage of cabinets in postcommunist Europe makes the book particularly appropriate for undergraduate survey courses and undergraduate libraries. Researchers may find the observations in the concluding chapter to be of some value. T. D. Clark Creighton University
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'There is no doubt that the book fills a void in contemporary studies of eastern Europe.' - Peter Kopecky, Slavic Review
"There is no doubt that the book fills a void in contemporary studies of eastern Europe."--Peter Kopecky, Slavic Review
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This is a comprehensive study that compares the origins, structure, composition and activities of cabinets in Eastern Europe and draws lessons from this comparison. Each chapter begins with a survey of the evolution of cabinets since the fall of communism at the beginning of the 1990s. The authors then look at the place of the cabinet in the constitution and on the role of presidents and prime ministers. At a time when most Eastern European countries are candidates for membership in the European Union, this volume provides a unique comparative presentation of the way in which cabinets have been evolving in Eastern Europe since the end of communism.
Table of Contents
List Of Tablesp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Cabinets in Post-Communist East-Central Europe and in the Balkans: Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 14
East-Central Europep. 15
Estoniap. 17
Latviap. 29
Lithuaniap. 40
Polandp. 50
Czech Republicp. 62
Slovakiap. 73
Hungaryp. 84
Sloveniap. 95
The Balkansp. 107
Romaniap. 109
Moldovap. 120
Bulgariap. 131
Albaniap. 142
Macedoniap. 152
Croatiap. 162
Bosnia-Hercegovinap. 173
Serbia and the New Yugoslaviap. 184
Cabinets in Post-Communist East-Central Europe and the Balkans: Empirical Findings and Research Agendap. 193
Appendicesp. 202
Bibliographyp. 226
Indexp. 241
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