Democracy and Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe: The by Christian W. Haerpfer

By Christian W. Haerpfer

Democracy and expansion in Post-Communist Europe provides the central findings of a special in-depth examine of the start of democracy and the industry economic system in fifteen post-Communist international locations. Haerpfer analyses and compares the data amassed through the recent Democracies Barometer public opinion surveys to supply an outline of the method of democratization throughout principal and jap Europe.This is a really necessary source and should be invaluable for all these attracted to the ecu Union, comparative politics and democracy and the Communist legacy. It comprises facts from Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

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Country NDB 1 1991 NDB 2 1992 NDB 3 1994 NDB 4 1996 NDB 5 1998 Change 1991–8 Central Europe Poland Hungary Slovenia Czech Republic Slovakia Southern Europe Bulgaria FR of Yugoslavia Croatia Romania Northern Europe Lithuania Estonia Latvia Eastern Europe Ukraine Belarus Russia 59 44 75 60 61 53 69 70 * * 68 * * * * * * * * 66 40 76 81 64 67 69 66 * 67 73 * * * * 59 60 57 * 64 47 71 64 72 65 67 63 * 69 69 61 60 71 51 55 51 51 62 68 38 75 83 80 66 75 74 * 73 77 76 85 80 63 69 58 64 84 83 90 90 85 80 72 77 91 73 71 70 * * * * 73 75 73 70 24 46 15 25 19 19 8 21 * 4 2 15 25 9 12 14 15 16 8 Notes * Not done in this country at this time.

In Serbia and Montenegro, 30 per cent of the population want a return to a ‘Titostyle Yugoslavia’, which appears to be part of the Serbian ‘post-Empire syndrome’. In Bulgaria, we find a constant share of one-quarter of the Bulgarian electorate who express their hope of a return of Communism. 20 Nostalgia and return of Communism In 1994, 23 per cent of all Russians supported a return to Communism as a political regime as existed in the Soviet Union before the breakdown of that empire. In Romania, we find a constant group of 12 per cent of the electorate in 1994 and 1996 who favoured the return of Romanian Communism.

The support for a strong authoritarian leader was greatest at the beginning of transformation in Belarus, when 76 per cent of the Byelorussian electorate wanted such an alternative to democracy. Since 1992, that share of supporters of an one-man system decreased to 57 in 1994 and finally to 37 per cent in 1998. One explanation for that declining support for a strong leader might come from the fact that Belarus has already a strong authoritarian leader in the person of President Alexander Lukashenka and almost such a type of non-democratic regime, thus one could argue that this wish of the Byelorussian population is already fulfilled.

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