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From Post-Communism toward the third Millennium

Aspects of Political and Economic Development in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe from 2000-2005

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Josette Bär

This volume presents an overview of the political and economic developments in Eastern and South Eastern Europe in the years 2000 to 2005. Unlike the Central European states that achieved EU membership in 2004 and 2007, the countries in this volume, Bulgaria being the exception, share but one characteristic: diversity. One could call the phenomenon of the region’s variety and diversity the Eastern European pluralism of development. The essays present detailed analyses of the region’s main problems: corruption and bribery on all levels of society; a lack of transparency of state-business relations; a distinct disinterest in international critique or, rather, a distinct insistence on sovereignty and the refusal to adapt to European humanitarian standards of ethnic and religious tolerance. The essays are based on unique source material from the countries under scrutiny.

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Stephen E. Hanson Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Josette Baer Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 I. Ukraine Between the Orange Revolution and the EU G. P. E. Walzenbach European Governance and Transformation in Ukraine . . . . . . 29 Petro Kuzyk The Ukrainian Project: A Hard Road from National Independence to the “Orange Revolution” . . . . 59 II. Aspects of Nationhood – or its Absence Nenad Markovic´ Nationalism and Mentality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Daniela Kalkandjieva The Study of Religion in Bulgaria. A Challenged Legacy . . . . 125 Josette Baer The Absence of Transition in Belarus: ‘Neo-Soviet’ Patriotism Instead of National Identity? . . . . . . . 145 6 Table of Contents III. Economic Developments in Russia Maxim Ryabkov The Rationality of Paying for Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Marina Y. Malkina The Interaction of State and Business in Modern Russia . . . . . 197 Appendix List of Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

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