Posts Tagged ‹post-communism

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The Ideological Institutionalization of the Romanian Party System

Twenty years after the fall of communism and the rebirth of multiparty politics in Central and Eastern Europe, the party systems evolved from high levels of fragmentation and volatility characterizing the 1990’s (Mair 1997; Rose et al. 1998; Lewis 2000; Birch 2001; van Biezen 2003) to a general continuity and...
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Tom Gallagher – “Romania and the European Union – How the Weak Vanquished the Strong” Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

“Spare no one!” – seems to yell between the lines one of Tom Gallagher's most recent books. Written in 2008 and published one year later, “Romania and the European Union – How the Weak Vanquished the Strong” is undesirably relevant for 2010's Romania. Skilful national politics managed to drive an...
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

THE HELPING HAND: The Role of the EU in the Democratization of Post-Communist Europe

Two decades after the collapse of communism, there are major differences in the extent of democratization within the Iron Curtain countries. Aware of the complex mechanism to trace possible causes for such a variation, this study uses qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to test the influence of nine international and domestic...
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Socio-Economic Transformations in Post-Communist Countries: Central and Eastern Europe and Russia Compared

This article provides a brief description of the main systemic problems (strukturprobleme) of post-communist capitalism(s), as well as exploring the main changes occurring in the socio-economic structure and the subsequent new social risks emerging. It shows that post-communist societies are characterized by more intense strukturprobleme, which are resulting in the...
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Economic Effects of Political Institutions: Are Post-Communist Countries Different?

This paper analyzes the relation between constitutional rules, political systems and economic policies in 27 post-communist countries during the transition period. We find that post-communist countries form a category that has its own strong institutional identity. This institutional specificity has an impact on both the political system and the economic...

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