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The handbook of political change in Eastern Europe /
edited by Sten Berglund, Joakim Ekman, Frank H. Aarebrot.
2nd ed.
Cheltenham, UK ; Northhampton, MA : Edward Elgar Pub., c2003.
xvii, 626 p. : ill.
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Cheltenham, UK ; Northhampton, MA : Edward Elgar Pub., c2003.
general note
This book is based on the same concept as its predecessor, and many of the contributing authors are familiar from the 1998 version of the handbook.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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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.
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.'
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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