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20 Years after the Collapse of Communism

Expectations, achievements and disillusions of 1989

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Nicolas Hayoz, Leszek Jesien and Daniela Koleva

The volume is an attempt to assess the meanings of 1989, in particular the multiple transformation processes and their effects in Eastern Europe. Obviously, the realities of the post-communist transformations have not met the expectations. Were the expectations too high? Did democratic institutions prove incompatible with local cultures? Was their implementation too fast to correspond to a genuine development of democratic culture? Whatever the reasons, the road to democracy has turned out to be steeper and the communist legacy heavier than expected.
The authors of this volume seek to comprehend the intricacies of various aspects of the post-communist transition; looking at a broad array of countries that have followed different paths. The studies combine methods of different disciplines. ‘Insider’ perspectives are juxtaposed with external assessments. This comparative and problem based approach brings into focus the ambiguities of the unfinished transformations as well as their broader cultural contexts: the politics of history and the battles for new memory, the re-signification of past and present, and the problematic transformation of homo sovieticus into an autonomous and responsive subject.

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The Authors Mentor AgAni, MPIA/ESD, is a lecturer at the Department of Sociol- ogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Prishtina, where he teaches the courses Theories and Models of Democracy, Nations and Nation- alism, and Political Sociology. He is a Ron Brown Fellowship Alumni, and he has attained in this Program a graduate degree in the field of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. During the academic year 2006–07 he was an international visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, as a Fellow of the Fulbright Fellowship Program. Recently, he is a Fellow of the Academic Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute. DAniel Bochsler is Assistant Professor of Democratisation at the Uni- versity of Zurich, at the NCCR Democracy. His research focuses on political parties, elections and direct democracy. His recent publica- tions include articles in Acta Politica, Electoral Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, the European Yearbook for Minority Issues, Public Choice, and Regional and Federal Studies. His recent monograph, Territory and Electoral Rules in Post-Communist Democracies, has been published by Palgrave (2010). ioAnA Both is Professor at the Department of Romanian Literature, literary theory and ethnology, Faculty of Letters, University „Babeş- Bolyai” of Cluj-Napoca. Visiting professor of Romanian Literature at universities in Rome (“La Sapienza”), Florence; she has also taught in Geneva, Fribourg, Zürich, St. Gallen. During the last 10 years, she participated at several international research projects, dedicated to the European contextualization of the history of Romanian...

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