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Special Issue East European Politics and Societies Year : 2013

Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

Jan Zielonka
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The countries of East-Central Europe (ECE) embarked on a democratic transition in 1989 were proclaimed consolidated democracies when they joined the European Union (EU) in 2004. Today most of the new democracies are experiencing “democratic fatigue” and some seem vulnerable to an authoritarian turn. The EU, seen as the guarantor of the post-1989 democratic changes, is experiencing an unprecedented economic, financial, and democratic crisis with the combined challenges of technocracy and populism. The issue explores the different approaches to the study of democracies in ECE, their specific features and vulnerabilities, and tries to provide an interpretation of the premature crisis of democracy in ECE in a broader transeuropean context. (Résumé de l'éditeur)
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Jacques Rupnik, Jan Zielonka. Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: the State of the Art. Jacques Rupnik; Jan Zielonka. East European Politics and Societies, SAGE Publications, pp.3-107, 2013. ⟨hal-03399502⟩
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