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Postcommunist Presidents - Raymond Taras

Postcommunist Presidents

By: Raymond Taras (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th November 1997
ISBN: 9780521587655
Number Of Pages: 262

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The political systems that have replaced communist rule in East-Central Europe and Eurasia are closely associated with their presidents. The first democratically-elected presidents of these countries - men like Yeltsin, Havel and Waesa - have frequently been viewed as 'founding fathers' of their countries' independence. But were they successful in creating strong presidential systems in these states? Has their unquestioned personal power and charisma been institutionalized in the presidencies? Will executive power in postcommunist states remain the same when the first incumbents of the office are gone? This book offers the first comparative analysis of the role of presidents in postcommunist states. Comprising studies of Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakstan among former Soviet republics, and Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary among Central European states, this book will be required reading for readers interested in how political leaders affect the fate of democracy in the former communist world.

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"Ray Taras and his coauthors have produced a useful work that captures the intricacy of creating presidential power in the early years of the postcommunist transformation." Timothy Frye, American Political Science Review "...this book is a useful resource in bridging the gap between area studies and comparative politics...it should be in every four-year college library as a reference work." Choice

Introduction: some thoughts on presidentialism in postcommunist Europe
Separating power: keeping presidents in check
Russia: presidential leadership under Yeltsin
Ukraine: two presidents and their powers
Kazakstan: Nursultan Nazarbaev as strong president
Poland: Walesa's legacy to the presidency
The Czech Republic: Havel and the evolution of the presidency since 1989
Hungary: political transition and executive conflict: the balance or fragmentation of power
Afterword: the making of postcommunist presidencies
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ISBN: 9780521587655
ISBN-10: 0521587654
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 10th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39