At first, it was believed that accession to the EU would have a positive effect on the process of democratization in former communist countries. However, over time it became clear that difficulties with the democratic system endured in a number of these countries.
This book reconsiders the results of the process of democratization in Central and Eastern Europe and evaluates the nature and effectiveness of the Europeanization process. It comparatively explores the process of democratic consolidation and accession to the European Union in Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Using these case studies, the book assesses the impact of the EU on the accountability and integrity of governments in this part of Europe.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of democratization studies, European studies, EU studies, transition studies, area studies, and international relations.
'Democratizing Central and Eastern Europe is an important book. Although empirically researched in 2011–12 its key arguments map much of the territory that will preoccupy scholars trying to make sense of Central and Eastern Europe’s current democratic malaise…'
Sean Hanley, UCL SSEES, Slavonic and East European Review
Introduction 1 Effective Control and Proper Exercise of the Executive Power: Between Democratic Consolidation and Europeanization 2 Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe: Domestic Factors, Paths and Outcomes 3 The External Influence on Democracy of the European Union: Strategies, Tools and Limits 4 Building Democratic and Accountable Governments 5 Ensuring Integrity: Between Political Behaviour and Policy-making 6 Accountability and Integrity: Between National Paths and European Pressures 7 Conclusions