By Christian W. Haerpfer
Democracy and growth in Post-Communist Europe offers the critical findings of a special in-depth learn of the beginning of democracy and the marketplace financial system in fifteen post-Communist nations. Haerpfer analyses and compares the knowledge accumulated by means of the recent Democracies Barometer public opinion surveys to supply an summary of the method of democratization throughout significant and jap Europe.This is an exceptionally useful source and should be worthwhile for all these drawn to the eu Union, comparative politics and democracy and the Communist legacy. It includes information from Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
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In Hungary, we have a constant fifth of the Hungarian electorate who are dissatisfied with the new Hungarian democracy and want to go back to the Hungarian version of Communism, which existed during the 1980s. In the Czech Republic, the support for a return to Communism was very low in 1994 (7 per cent) and in 1996 (9 per cent). The political crisis in the second half of the 1990s in the Czech Republic produced a high level of political dissatisfaction and an unexpected rise in support for a return to Communism with a share of 16 per cent of the Czech electorate.
In Russia, finally, only 62 per cent of the inhabitants of the Russian Federation were optimistic about the chances of the Duma to survive the political crisis in Russia in the foreseeable future. This group of Russian optimists grew to 84 per cent in 1996 and reached 70 per cent in 1998, which is somewhat lower than the average for post-Communist Eastern Europe. Popular support for democratic national parliaments After describing the expectations of the post-Communist general public concerning the mid-term survival of democratic national parliaments, we now turn to the discussion of how deeply the newly created national parliaments are already embedded in the political value system of the different national populations.
The birth of democracy 43 Where on this scale would you put our system of governing with free elections and many parties five years in the future? Included in that item as ‘democratic’ are all people who give the future democracy a positive evaluation between ϩ10 and ϩ100. The index of democracy consists finally of 10 values. Value 10 means, for example, that a person is ‘democratic’ on all 9 items, value 9 means that a respondent is democratic on 8 out of 9 items, value 1 means that a person is ‘non-democratic’ on all 9 items.