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Illiberal and authoritarian tendencies in Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe

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Edited By Florian Bieber, Magdalena Solska and Dane Taleski

Even though the democratic decline has been deemed a global phenomenon, the question of how it manifests itself in the postcommunist world and how it varies across different regions with divergent levels of democratic consolidation has not been sufficiently addressed yet. This book tries to fill the gap and examines the causes and nature of the deteriorating quality of democracy in Central Europe as well as the reversal or stagnation of democratization processes in Southeastern and Eastern Europe. The political elite plays a key role in initiating legislative changes that may lead to democratic backsliding. Its constant commitment to the rule of law and to the practice of selfrestraint in securing the independence of judiciary and the rights of political opposition appears hence indispensable for sustainable liberal democracy.
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Florian Bieber is professor in South East European studies at the Center for South East European Studies of the University of Graz. Previously, he was a lecturer in East European Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. From January to May 2009, he held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and in Spring 2010 he was a visiting fellow at LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics. Florian Bieber has authored and edited numerous books and articles on interethnic relations, ethnic conflict, nationalism and political regimes in the Balkan countries. He is the editor in chief of Nationalities Papers.

András Bozóki is professor of political science at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. His research interest are comparative politics in East Central Europe, democratization, hybrid regimes, political ideas, and the role of the intellectuals. His books include Post-Communist Transition: Emerging Pluralism in Hungary (1992), Democratic Legitimacy in Post-Communist Societies (1994), Intellectuals and Politics in Central Europe (1999), The Roundtable Talks of 1989: The Genesis of Hungarian Democracy (2002), Political Pluralism in Hungary (2003), Anarchism in Hungary: Theory, History, Legacies (2006), Ars Politica (2007), Virtual Republic (2012) and others. His articles appeared in Comparative Sociology, Perspectives on Politics, East European Politics and Society, European Political Science, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics and others. András Bozóki was a chairman...

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