From Revolution to ‘Counter-Revolution’: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe 30 Years On
GB : Carfax Publishing for the University of Glasgow
1073 - 1099 p.
Central and Eastern Europe, democracy, illiberal regimes, European Union
The essay explains the origin, scope and forms of the anti-liberal surge taking place in Central and Eastern Europe. Why have voters across the region deserted the liberal politicians who managed to secure peace and prosperity on the ashes of communism? Does the erosion of democratic values and institutions lead to autocracy, or something novel? Special attention will be devoted to the issue of order and chaos in the broader European setting. Can order be maintained without shared values across EU member states? The conclusions will point to the variety of hybrid regimes in Central and Eastern Europe and assess their impact.