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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Vol. 1 : Institutional Engineering : Volume 1: Institutional Engineering - Jan Zielonka

Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Vol. 1 : Institutional Engineering

Volume 1: Institutional Engineering

By: Jan Zielonka (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2001
ISBN: 9780199244089
Number Of Pages: 512

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This is the first volume in a series of books on democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe. The series focuses on three major aspects of democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe: institutional engineering, transnational pressures and civil society. This first volume analyses constraints on and opportunities of institutional engineering in Eastern Europe: to what extent and how elites in Eastern Europe have been able to shape, if not manipulate, the politics of democratic consolidation through institutional means. The aim is to contrast a set of democracy theories with empirical evidence accumulated in Eastern Europe over the last ten years. The volume tries to avoid complex debates about definitions, methods and the uses and misuses of comparative research. Instead it tries to establish what has really happened in the region, and which of the existing theories have proved helpful in explaining these developments. The volume starts with a presentation of conceptual and comparative frameworks, followed by in-depth empirical analyses of the thirteen individual countries undergoing democratic consolidation. The first conceptual and comparative part contains three chapters. The first chapter explains what institutional engineering is about and describes our experiences with institutional engineering in former transitions to democracy. It also focuses on the import and export of institutional designs. The second chapter analyses the utility of constitutions in the process of democratic consolidation. The third chapter compares constitutional designs and problems of implementation in Southern and Eastern Europe. The empirical case studies deal with the following countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Poland. And the conclusions evaluate the enormous impact of institutions on politics in Eastern Europe and show how central constitutional designs are to the institutional engineering in the societies undergoing transitions to democracy.

PART I: INSTITUTIONAL ENGINEERING IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE Klaus von Beyme: Institutional Engineering and Transition to Democracy Robert Elgie and Jan Zielonka: Constitutions and Constitution-Building: A Comparative Perspective Robert Elgie and Jan Zielonka Leonardo Morlino: Constitutional Design and Problems of Implementation in Southern and Eastern Europe PART II: INSTITUTIONAL ENGINEERING IN A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE Vello Pettai: Estonia: Positive and Negative Institutional Engineering Adolf Sprudzs: Rebuilding Democracy in Latvia: Overcoming a Dual Legacy Nida Gelazis: Institutional Engineering in Lithuania: Stability through Compromise Venelin I. Ganev: Bulgaria: The (Ir)Relevance of Postcommunist Constitutionalism Renate Weber: Constitutionalism as a Vehicle for Democratic Consolidation in Romania Kasia Wolczuk: Ukraine: Tormented Constitution-Making Gadis Gadzhiev: Power Imbalance and Institutional Interests in Russian Constitutional Engineering Alexander Lukashuk: Constitutionalism in Belarus: A False Start Petr Kopecky: The Czech Republic: From the Burden of the Old Federal Constitution to the Constitutional Horse Trading Among Political Parties Darina Malová: Slovakia: From the Ambiguous Constitution to the Dominance of Informal Rules Miro Cerar: Slovenia: From Elite Consensus to Democratic Consolidation Istvan Szikinger: Hungary's Pliable Constitution Miroslaw Wyrzykowski: Legitimacy: the Price of a Delayed Constitution in Poland Wojciech Sadurski: Conclusions: On the Relevance of Institutions and the Centrality of Constitutions in Postcommunist Transitions

ISBN: 9780199244089
ISBN-10: 0199244081
Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization (Paperback) : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st July 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.73