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The last decade of the twentieth century brought with it a notable number of events that redesigned the geopolitical scene. Communism collapsed and a wave of democratization reached most of its former bastions. Important mutations can be noted along the whole state spectrum, from big/powerful to small/weak ones. Studying the participation of various actors in the two mutually dependent processes of democratization and securitization in Romanian society leads to outcomes of great importance for all postcommunist countries facing the same challenges. An appropriate theoretical framework is necessary to interpret and analyse the empirical data in both the democratization and security fields. The main methodological aspects belong to the new security concept that covers the elements relevant at each level of analysis""international, national, individual""and the threats and vulnerabilities characteristic of each sector, that is, political, societal and environmental.

Keywords:communism; democratization; Romanian society; securitization



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