1st Edition

Post-communist Regime Change
A Comparative Study

ISBN 9780415850100
Published April 12, 2013 by Routledge
192 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book seeks to explain the divergent political pathways of twenty six post-communist states, following the breakdown and eventual collapse of communism in 1989-1991.

Considering the trajectories of individual states between 1990 – 2007, this book challenges two central bodies of theory relating to democratization and regime change. Through a sustained analysis of global and post-communist developments within this time period, the author shows that claims of an increasing asymmetry between the ‘electoral’ and ‘liberal’ elements of modern democracy have been greatly exaggerated. The author goes on to contend that in accounting for the geographical dispersion of post-communist regime forms, deeper structural factors should be considered as crucial. The book is divided into the following parts:


  • Part I demonstrates how different conceptualisations of democracy can lead to very different conclusions about the empirical dynamics of democratization.
  • Part II contrasts different explanations of post-communist political change and provides an integrated framework for explaining the political pathways encountered within the former Eastern Bloc.


This book will be of interest to students and scholars of post-communist studies, democratization studies, comparative politics and regime change.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Puzzle of the Post-communist Tripartition  1. The Gap Between Electoral and Liberal Democracy Revisited. Some Conceptual and Empirical Clarifications  2. The Post-communist Tripartition Described  3. An Actor-centred Analysis of Post-communist Political Pathways  4. A Structural Analysis of Post-Communist Pathways  5. Contrasting Structures, Actors - And Diffusion.  Conclusion. 

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Jørgen Møller is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark.