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Democratic transition and consolidation in Romania : civic engagement and elites' behavior after 1989

Author: Dragoș Dragoman
Publisher: Berlin : Peter Lang GmbH, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book compares essential factors for democratization in Romania. It focuses on citizens' democratic resources and on political elites' behavior. It highlights the role played by ordinary citizens in the contention of populist elites and their succesful effort of keeping Romania democratic, in comparison with other East European countries.
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Dragoman, Dragoș.
Democratic transition and consolidation in Romania.
Berlin : Peter Lang GmbH, 2019
(OCoLC)1088527672
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dragoș Dragoman
ISBN: 9783631782569 363178256X
OCLC Number: 1105200032
Description: 1 online resource (158 pages)
Contents: Cover; Copyright information; Contents; Introduction; 1 Regime change and transition trajectories; 1.1 The trajectory of political regimes in transition; 1.2 Democratic transition and regime support; 1.3 Comparing political regimes; 1.3.1 The support for democracy in post-communist Romania; 1.3.2 The support for democracy in other East European countries; 2 Social trust, citizen engagement and the role of civil society; 2.1 Public space and civil society; 2.2 Social capital and the habits of cooperation; 2.3 Social capital and social benefits 3 Social capital and the support for democracy in Romania3.1 Social capital and democracy in Eastern Europe and Romania; 3.2 Measuring social capital and democracy in Romania; 3.3 Impact of social capital on the support for democracy; 3.4 Technical appendix; 4 Social capital and political engagement in Romania; 4.1 The importance of political participation for democracy; 4.2 Political activism and its essential factors; 4.3 Explaining low political activism in post-communist Romania; 4.3.1 The impact of resources, human capital and context variables; 4.3.2 The impact of motivation variables 4.3.3 The impact of social capital5 Social dependency and predatory elites: from state capture to external conditionality; 5.1 Social dependency, state-led violence and post-communist elites; 5.2 Democratization under external control; 5.3 Romania's democratic trajectory: the successful laggard; 6 Why no backsliding? Populism and the unrestricted use of executive power following the 2007 EU accession; 6.1 Rising populism as 'post-accession hooliganism' in Central and Eastern Europe; 6.2 Speaking for the people: 'they stand by them, we stand by you!' 6.3 Populists in power: institutional change and political control6.3.1 Populist consolidation in power: looking for a favorable electoral system; 6.3.2 Weakening the legislature: reducing both MPs' number and credibility; 6.3.3 Populism and the dominance of the executive power; 6.3.4 Preempting electoral defeat: postponing local elections; 7 Unpopular populists: public overt contestation and political survival strategies; 7.1 Right-wing intellectuals and civil society apathy; 7.1.1 Right-wing intellectuals on the road to power 7.1.2 Condemning the communist ideology, but not the communist oppressors7.2 Unpopular populists: facing overt public contestation; 7.2.1 Neo-liberalism and the economic crisis of 2010; 7.2.2 Unpopular populists and large-scale high-level corruption; 7.3 Street protests and the dismissal of the PDL government; 8 Twenty-five years of democratic transition and consolidation; 8.1 Critical citizens: protests and new forms of political participation; 8.1.1 Political activism and dominant social values; 8.1.2 Protest and the support for democracy
Responsibility: Dragoș Dragoman.

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The book compares essential factors for democratization in Romania. It focuses on citizens' democratic resources and on political elites' behavior. It highlights the role played by ordinary citizens in the contention of populist elites and their succesful effort of keeping Romania democratic, in comparison with other East European countries.

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