Weak states and Post-Communist Societies

PolSci, vol 3, no 2 – 2003

Unsuccessful transformations in post-communist Europe have come increasingly to be blamed on the incapacity of states to enforce the basic rules of the new political and economic orders. The term ‘weak state’ is a powerful one in the current literature on post-communist Europe.
However, it was never explicitly defined because it was assumed that analytically, but also practically, the meaning of the term was obvious. It is enough to find bad roads, electricity outages, or public servants queuing for their previous year’s salary, to determine that a state is weaker than it was, and weaker than it should be.
Summary and Abstracts:
1. A word from the editor
2. State weakness in post-communist societies
3. Reinventing the peasants: Local state capture in post-communist Europe
4. EU accession and the Serbian-Montenegrin constitutional charter
5. The right to rebel: the National Liberation Army and the Macedonian Crisis
6. The European citizenship concept and the enlargement of the Union
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