Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe: Volume 1: Institutional Engineering

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EditorJan Zielonka

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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 onand 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 reallyhappened 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 whatinstitutional 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 andPoland. 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.

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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 onand opportunities of institutional engineeri...

Jan Zielonka, Professor of Political Science, Social and Political Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:506 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:June 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I: INSTITUTIONAL ENGINEERING IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVEKlaus von Beyme: Institutional Engineering and Transition to DemocracyRobert Elgie and Jan Zielonka: Constitutions and Constitution-Building: A Comparative Perspective Robert Elgie and Jan ZielonkaLeonardo Morlino: Constitutional Design and Problems of Implementation in Southern and Eastern EuropePART II: INSTITUTIONAL ENGINEERING IN A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVEVello Pettai: Estonia: Positive and Negative Institutional EngineeringAdolf Sprudzs: Rebuilding Democracy in Latvia: Overcoming a Dual LegacyNida Gelazis: Institutional Engineering in Lithuania: Stability through CompromiseVenelin I. Ganev: Bulgaria: The (Ir)Relevance of Postcommunist ConstitutionalismRenate Weber: Constitutionalism as a Vehicle for Democratic Consolidation in RomaniaKasia Wolczuk: Ukraine: Tormented Constitution-MakingGadis Gadzhiev: Power Imbalance and Institutional Interests in Russian Constitutional EngineeringAlexander Lukashuk: Constitutionalism in Belarus: A False StartPetr Kopecky: The Czech Republic: From the Burden of the Old Federal Constitution to the Constitutional Horse Trading Among Political PartiesDarina Malova: Slovakia: From the Ambiguous Constitution to the Dominance of Informal Rules Miro Cerar: Slovenia: From Elite Consensus to Democratic ConsolidationIstvan Szikinger: Hungary's Pliable ConstitutionMiroslaw Wyrzykowski: Legitimacy: the Price of a Delayed Constitution in PolandWojciech Sadurski: Conclusions: On the Relevance of Institutions and the Centrality of Constitutions in Postcommunist Transitions