Demokratizatsiya

Journal covering past and current political, economical, social, and legal changes and developments in the Soviet Union and its successor states.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 4, Fall

Challenges to Estonia's Economic Policymaking at the Eve of EU Enlargement (1)
In the past decade, Estonia has undertaken remarkable and effective efforts to restructure its economy and prepare the factors of production for the challenges of the world market. Estonia proved itself as the reform country of Central and Eastern...
Changing Media in a Changing Society
Changes in Estonian society have been very fast and radical, compared to other post-Communist countries. The political climate of the 1990s in Estonia was formed by expectations of success. Even the growing disappointment and dissatisfaction with the...
Estonia: A Look at Its Successful but Unknown Transition
Perhaps it is ironic that so little is known by the wider audience of arguably the most successful transition in the former Soviet bloc--the reform embarked by Estonia. Within a decade since its restoration of independence, this small northern European...
Free Trade in the 1990s: Understanding Estonian Exceptionalism
Every economist is familiar with the theory of international trade and learns to appreciate the merits of economic openness. As noted by the leading trade economist Paul Krugman, "if there were an Economist's Creed it would surely contain the affirmations...
"Just Do It" Interview with Mart Laar
Demokratizatsiya: How did you find Estonia, and how did you leave it now? Laar: When I came to power in 1992, Estonia had had a 30 percent drop in economic production, and unemployment of between 30 and 40 percent. At the beginning of that year...
Key Moments in the History of Estonia
~7500 BC The oldest known settlement in Estonia is established ~600 AD Large-scale attacks by Sweden on Estonian lands commence 1186 First Bishop of Livonia, Meinhard, ordained to intensify efforts to convert the Baltic peoples 1187 Estonians...
Reminiscing with the "Father of the Kroon": Interview with Siim Kallas
There was something different in the eyes of Prime Minister Siim Kallas the November day that I went to interview him in his Tallinn office. There was still the drive and determination I remembered from when I worked for him several years back. However,...
Security in Flux: International Integration and the Transformations of Threat in Estonia
National security has been a keyword in Estonian politics throughout the past decade. Although it has remained a prominent topic, the specific ways in which the concept of security is used in political debates have changed considerably as Estonia has...
Social Contradictions Shadowing Estonia's "Success Story"
Introduction On 23 April 2001, the Estonian media publicized an appeal drafted by twentysix Estonian social scientists titled "Two Estonias." The main message of this dramatic document asserted that: Estonian society [has] run into [a] political,...
Stabilizing Estonia: The International Dimension of State Security and Ethnic Integration Policy
Introduction The government policy to integrate Estonia's national minority and non-national populations does not defy western European values and practices, but instead exemplifies them. Moreover, many European Union (EU) member states, the Nordic...
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