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The End Of The Democratic Transition? Analyzing The Quality Of Democracy Model In Post-Communism

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The integration of the former communist countries of East and Central Europe into the European Union (EU) seemed to mark the reunification of Europe and the end of the post-communist transition. Before pursuing the analysis of the substantive and procedural aspects of democratic quality, the chapter provides the trend of overall democracy scores since 1997 and for the past two years. The two questions that arise from these scores are: are there serious reasons for concern by an apparent decline in Hungarian and Polish democracy? How uncertain or precarious is the future direction of democratic deepening in Bulgaria and Romania? In seeking some answers to these questions, the chapter examines in the four countries aspects of participation and competition, accountability, governance and rule of law, corruption and responsiveness.

Keywords: citizen participation; democratic governance; democratic quality; democratic transition; European Union (EU); horizontal accountability; post-communist transition



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