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The New Security Concept And The Democratization Of Post-Communist Societies

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Security is a complex concept. Its complexity is the main reason why there are numerous definitions of it. The Cold War era, marked by the 'security dilemma' which prevented co-operation among the states, ended and the whole international climate changed. Military threats remain at the core of the national security analysis. Military action can, and usually does, threaten all the elements of the state. The economic threats also present many problems which make them difficult to deal with within the framework of national security. The historical dimension of democratic political culture refers to the influences of the historical inheritance upon the democratization process in post-communist societies. In civic culture, the individual has to perform an active role as a citizen but, at the same time, his subject and parochial roles do not disappear.

Keywords:civic culture; Cold War; democratization; economic threats; military threats; political culture; post-communist societies; security



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