Handbook of Direct Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989

Edited by Maria Marczewska-Rytko

Barbara Budrich Publishers

Handbook of Direct Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989

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Pub Date: June 2018

ISBN: 9783847421221

351 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: June 2018

ISBN: 9783847411109

351 Pages

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Handbook of Direct Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989

Edited by Maria Marczewska-Rytko

Barbara Budrich Publishers

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the political history of Central and Eastern Europe has been mainly the story of the rise, consolidation, transformation, and struggles of new democratic regimes and societies. This handbook offers an instructive approach to that history focusing on the relevance of practices and institutions of direct democracy. It collects twenty political analyses of direct democracy in twenty Central and Eastern European countries after 1989.

The aim of the book is the holistic and interdisciplinary political analysis of direct democracy in the Central and Eastern European countries after 1989. The case studies make diagnoses of the state of democratic processes in the countries in question and present and analyze institutions of direct democracy. In addition, the book provides an analytical and comparative examination of the implementation processes of direct democratic practices and solutions at national and local levels. The collection of case studies shows the significance of direct democracy in the formal-legal and practical dimension of the Central and Eastern European countries and point at the use of direct democratic instruments as expression of political awareness in these societies. The studies emphasize the significant connection of the accession process to the European Union and the development of direct democracy in these countries.

About the Author

Maria Marczewska-Rytko is professor of political science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She focuses on political movements.