Defective Democracies

PolSci, vol 8, no 1 – 2008

Since the collapse of communism and communist states from 1989-1992, the twenty-eight states that currently comprise postcommunist Europe and Eurasia have evolved to different political directions.

Some regimes in this region have completed a transition to democracy; others have been arrested at some point on the path to democracy and became a sort of ‘defective democracies’; and still others have yet to break with the communist past.

This issue focuses on this middle-ground category: countries where elections are regularly held, but the behavior of political actors, notably the government, but not only, is not always democratic.

Albania, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, the Caucasus countries present a great variation among themselves, but have also something in common: they do not fit well the classic patterns of either democracy or authoritarianism. The regional trend, particularly noticeable over the past decade, showed hybrid regimes resisting to political change either in the direction of becoming authentic democracies or reverting back to dictatorship.

Table of Contents:

Editorial Board



Administrative and Political Corruption in Bulgaria: Status and Dynamics (1998-2006), Alexander Stoyanov

Democratization in Eastern Europe: A viable model for the Middle East?, Gul M. Kurtoglu-Eskisar

Transition as a Legacy, Maximilian Spinner

From Sofia to Brussels – corrupt democratization in the context of European integration, Gergana Bulanova

How Media and Politics Shape Each Other in the New Europe, Alina Mungiu Pippidi


The Romanian Revolution of December 1989

What`s Wrong With The European Union & How to Fix It


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