Bulgaria in Transition: Politics, Economics, Society, and Culture after Communism


Since the forced resignation of Todor Zhivkov in November of 1989, Bulgaria's transition to democracy has been marked by good beginnings ending in frustration or disappointment. It has avoided the violent ethnic confrontations that have characterized much of the "post-Communist" Balkans, but has also seen the development of an influential criminal sector that has blocked serious economic reform and cast a shadow over efforts to create a functioning democracy. It has developed a Balkan policy widely praised as positive and stabilizing, but has not been able to achieve movement toward integration in European structures or to gain the Western investment that is desperately needed to end a perpetual economic crisis. In Bulgaria in Transition, specialists from the United States, Western Europe, and Bulgaria examine the contours of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments facing the country since 1989. Bringing to bear a variety of disciplinary expertise, the contributors attempt to explain the causes of what is often called a "failed transition."The book is certain to be of value to students and general readers who want to learn more about the current Bulgarian scene; to those who wish to bring a genuinely comparative approach to the study of the evolution of the post-Communist countries; and to anyone who wishes to make sense of the new Balkan landscape.


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