Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by Heiko Pleines and Sabine Fischer

ibidem Press

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

Pub Date: August 2010

ISBN: 9783838200415

176 Pages

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Pub Date: August 2010

ISBN: 9783838260419

176 Pages

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Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by Heiko Pleines and Sabine Fischer

ibidem Press

Utilizing a wide range of empirical cases, the contributions in this volume highlight the different aspects of the role, development, and societal background of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. The first part of the book deals with dissent under socialism. The second part of the book looks at the role of civil society in the Western Balkans in the context of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the related ethnic conflicts. The third part examines the role of civil society in the post-Soviet region, which is marked by authoritarian tendencies. The fourth part returns to Central Eastern Europe with an analysis of the impact of EU accession on the role of civil society and considers the underlying aspects of a 'common European memory'. The final section of the book looks at two cases—one from Central Eastern Europe, one from the CIS region—of political participation and lobbying by civil society organizations.
The collection Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe highlights a fact that the debate about a European civil society often neglects: The civil societies in the countries of Middle and Eastern Europe are relatively young and the experience of an authoritarian regime still fresh. Birgit Sittermann, Forschungsjournal NSB
Foreword
Part I. Dissent Under Socialism
1. Smashing Concrete with Words. The Central European 'Dissidents', Their Representations and Discourses, by Kacper Szulecki
2. The Second Life of the Polish Art World in the Eighties, by Patryk Wasiak
Part II. Civil Society and Ethnic Divisions. The Case of the Western Balkans
3. History and Memory. Media Discourse and the Construction of National Identities, by Tonči Valentić
4. Mapping the Ephemeral. Yugoslav Civic Activism and the 1990s Conflicts, by Bojan Bilić
5. External Democracy Promotion of Civil Society in Ethnically Fragmented Post-Socialist Countries, by Franziska Blomberg
Part III. Finding One's Place in Civil Society. Examples from Russia
6. Walking the Tightrope. Russian Disability NGOs' Struggle with International and Domestic Demands, by Christian Fröhlich
7. Striving for Social Change. NGOs in the Field of HIV/AIDS, Drug Policy and Human Rights in the Russian Federation, by Ulla Pape
Part IV. Civil Society After EU Accession
8. Differential Empowerment for Institutional Change. The EU's Impact on State and Non-State Actors in Eastern Europe, by Julia Langbein
9. The Introduction of Regional Self-Governance in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. EU Conditionality vis-a-vis Domestic Societal Pressures, by Senka Neuman Stanivuković
10. German and Polish 'Memory from Below', by Lars Breuer
Part V. Political Participation and Lobbying
11. Can Civil Society Play a Role in Foreign Policy? Societal Groups in the Czech Republic, by David Cadier
12. The (Un)Importance of Public Opinion in Educational Policy-Making in Post-Communist Ukraine. Education Policy 'Elites' on the Role of Civil Society in Policy Formation, by Olena Fimyar
About the Authors

About the Author

Dr. Heiko Pleines is head of the Department of Politics and Economics of the Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa) and lecturer in comparative politics at the University of Bremen, Germany. His major research interest is the role of non-state actors in political decision-making processes and the resulting impact on political regimes.