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By Christian W. Haerpfer

Democracy and expansion in Post-Communist Europe offers the relevant findings of a distinct in-depth research of the start of democracy and the industry economic climate in fifteen post-Communist international locations. Haerpfer analyses and compares the data accumulated by way of the recent Democracies Barometer public opinion surveys to supply an summary of the method of democratization throughout crucial and jap Europe.This is an incredibly precious source and should be worthwhile for all these attracted to the ecu Union, comparative politics and democracy and the Communist legacy. It includes facts from Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

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For the purposes of the analysis in this section, we selected only people who gave the current democratic system an evaluation in the range between ϩ10 and ϩ100 on the democracy scale. 1). All over the post-Communist world, we noticed a high level of euphoria about democracy and its prospects at the very beginning of political transformation with the highest levels of support for democracy during the whole period between 1991 and 1998. An average of 53 per cent in eight post-Communist countries gave democracy a positive evaluation in 1991, in Central Europe 56 per cent supported democracy and 67 per cent of South-East Europeans thought that democracy was a good thing in 1991.

The readiness of the Croatian public to defend the Sabor is consistently very high in comparison with other political systems in Central and Southern Europe. In 1992, the record number of 94 per cent of the Croatian electorate expressed their support for the Croatian parliament against any non-democratic threat. In 1994, this share decreased to 80 per cent and to 82 per cent in 1996, but we find with 88 per cent of the Croatian general public again an extremely high level of legitimacy of the Croatian national parliament in 1998.

After touching the bottom of support in 1994, the share of supporters of parliaments went up to 72 per cent in 1996 and finally to 74 per cent in 1998. In Central Europe we find a constant level of support for the newly created national parliaments in that region with shares in the range between 75 and 80 per cent of all post-Communist citizens in the buffer zone, which is the most advanced in that aspect of political life too. In Southern Europe, the backing of parliaments decreased from a record level of 85 per cent in 1991 to 82 per cent in 1992 and 77 per cent in 1994.

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