This book focuses on the trials and tribulations of Albania's efforts to create a democratic political order. It assesses the degree and significance of changes since the early 1990s, providing a detailed account of the transition from Communist Party rule to multiparty competition.
Table of Contents
List of Tables, Acknowledgments, Foreword, Robin Alison Remington, Introduction, Albania in Geographical and Historical Context, Physical and Human Geography, Historical Influences, Communist Rule, Albania in the 1980s: Still the “Odd Man Out,” Notes, The Demise of Communism, Embassy Crisis, The End of the One-Party System, The Rise of Opposition Parties, Legacies of Communism, Notes, The Transition Begins: Communists Cling to Power, The APL’s Two Steps Back: Too Little, Too Late, Conservative Communists’ Last Stand, The 1991 Elections: The Communists’ Pyrrhic Victory, Notes, The Road to Democratic Victory, The Coalition Government, The 1992 Elections: The Democratic Victory, The Transfer of Power, Notes, The Democratic Party in Power (1992-1996), A Daunting Agenda, Political Tribulations, Designing a New Constitutional Order, The Constitutional Conundrum, Notes, Economic and Social Transformation (1992-1996), Macroeconomic Stabilization, Economic Performance, Social Developments, Towards a Civil Society, Notes, Foreign Policy and the National Question Security Concerns and Military Reforms, Relations With the United States, Relations With Western Europe and Other Regions, Relations With Western Europe and Other Regions, The Albanian National Question, Notes, The Party System and the 1996 Elections, Volatile Party System, The 1996 Elections, Political Fallout, Notes, Albania in Turmoil, Post -1996 Election Developments, The Politics of Democratic Breakdown, The 1997 Elections: Albania’s Second Chance, Notes, Conclusion, Selected Bibliography, Index
Elez Biberaj, chief of Voice of America's Albanian Service since 1986, is the author of Albania: A Socialist Maverick (Westview, 1990) and Albania and China: A Study of an Unequal Alliance (Westview, 1986).