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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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Part I: Introduction: The State of Democracy and Authoritarianism

Florian Bieber and Magdalena Solska

1.    Introduction

András Bozóki and Dániel Hegedűs

2.    Democracy, Dictatorship and Hybrid Regimes: Concepts and Approaches

Vedran Džihić and Nicolas Hayoz

3.    Between Stalled Reforms and Authoritarian Temptations: Revisiting Debates on Democratization, “Grey-Zone Regimes” and “Bad Leadership” in Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Part II: Democratic Decline in Central Europe

Magdalena SolskaCentral Europe: Regional Overview

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