Political Change in Eastern Europe since 1989: Prospects for Liberal Democracy and a Market Economy

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peace and war. Experience shows that only immediate and unmistakably clear military threats and the likelihood of war make people ready to spend much capital on security-related matters; otherwise we tend to minimize security issues. That posture is taken by democratic regimes in particular.

Furthermore, the West seems to believe that money alone can solve almost all problems involved with the ongoing fundamental change in Eastern Europe. This, however, is not the case. In the long run, not money, not even new institutions and laws, but human beings' habits, ideas, knowhow, and modes of activity matter most. This fact has hitherto been little understood by the West, and therefore almost entirely overlooked, in the course of its dealings with Eastern Europe since communism crumpled.


NOTES
1.
The Economist, 21 September, 1991.
2.
The Australian, 26 May 1997.
3.
The Weekend Australian, 15-16 March 1997.
4.
This is the opinion of Jeffrey Sachs, Poland's Jump to the Market Economy ( Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1993), p. 6.
5.
Ibid.
6.
Ibid.
7.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, "The Stages of Postcommunist Transformation," in Yevhen Bystrycky et al. (ed.), The Political Analysis of Postcommunism ( Kiev: Political Thought, 1995), p. 110.
8.
Ibid., p. 12.
9.
Ivan T. Berend, "Alternatives of Transformation: Choices and Determinants: East-Central Europe in the 1990s," in Beverly Crawford (ed.), Markets, States and Democracy: The Political Economy of Postcommunist Transformation ( Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995), p. 142.
10.
Ibid., p. 143.
11.
Adrian G. V. Hyde-Price, "Democratization in Eastern Europe: The External Dimension," in Geoffrey Pridham and Tatu Vanhaneu (eds.), Democratization in Eastern Europe: Domestic and International Perspectives ( London: Routledge, 1994), p. 146.
12.
For instance, Geoffrey Pridham, "The International Dimension of Democratisation: Theory, Practice, and Inter-Regional Comparisons," in Geoffrey Pridham , Eric Herring, and George Sanford (eds.), Building Democracy? The International Dimension of Democratisation in Eastern Europe ( London: Leicester University Press, 1994), p. 7.
13.
Eric Herring, "International Security and Democratisation in Eastern Europe," in Pridham et al., p. 111.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Eastern Europe After the Collapse of Communism 13
  • Notes 40
  • 3 - Russia: Carpetbaggers' Country 47
  • Notes 65
  • 4 - Poland: Spin-Doctors' State 71
  • 5 - Czech Republic: Czechs Are Different 97
  • Notes 115
  • 6 - The West's Approach to Postcommunist Eastern Europe 119
  • Notes 137
  • 7 - Conclusion: Eastern European Prospects for Liberal Democracy and a Market Economy 141
  • Notes 147
  • Selected Bibliography 149
  • Index 161
  • About the Author 166
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