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After the split: Slovakia, Czech Republic and the path to democratic consolidation

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Verderosa, Annie

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, Osteuropa-Institut Abt. Politik
Abstract "Guided by the observation that consolidated, liberal democracies have not been the outcome of all transitions from communism, this paper sets out to analyze the reasons behind the divergence shown in the paths of two very similar countries, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, in their first years of postcommunist development. The analysis examines the influence of two structural factors - level of economic development and level of ethnic homogeneity - on democratic consolidation. By tracing their role in shaping postcommunist political strategies and in institutionalizing democratic principles and behaviors, the analysis offers strong support for the hypothesis that such oft-underemphasized structural factors are significant to a country's prospects for consolidated democracy." (author's abstract)
Keywords Slovakia; Czech Republic; democracy; consolidation; political change; transformation; post-socialist country; economic development (on national level); ethnic structure
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
City Berlin
Page/Pages 21 p.
Series Arbeitspapiere des Osteuropa-Instituts der Freien Universität Berlin, Arbeitsschwerpunkt Politik, 60
ISSN 1434-419X
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications