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Liberal Project and the Transformation of Democracy
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Students of democratic theory have watched the dramatic transformation of Eastern Europe from communism to various forms of democracy in the last two decades. With her unique blend of theory and empirical analysis, veteran observer Sabrina P. Ramet offers clear insight into the processes, challenges, and accomplishments of this area.     Drawing on a classical understanding of “liberalism” based on a philosophy of Natural Law, she probes the issues of capitalism, national sovereignty and self-determination, gender inequality, and political legitimacy in the context of Eastern Europe’s particular experience. She also explores the limitations of classical liberalism and argues for the extension of liberal principles to encompass the rights of women and protection of all species as well as the environment.     Political theorists, political scientists, students of Eastern Europe, and those interested in the larger questions of political philosophy will be richly rewarded in their reading of this volume by a renowned scholar of Eastern European politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. LIBERALISM AND THE MORAL LAW, THEN AND NOW
  2. pp. 8-19
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  1. 3. LIBERALISM AND CAPITALISM: An Unhappy Marriage
  2. pp. 20-32
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  1. 4. THREE VIEWS OF SOVEREIGNTY: The East European Connection
  2. pp. 33-48
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  1. 5. THE SO-CALLED RIGHT OF NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION AND OTHER MYTHS
  2. pp. 49-70
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  1. 6. THREE MODELS OF CHURCH–STATE CONDOMINIUM
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. 7. THE FATE OF WOMEN IN POST-1989 EASTERN EUROPE
  2. pp. 91-109
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  1. 8. THE PURPOSE OF POLITICAL ASSOCIATION
  2. pp. 110-123
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  1. 9. LEGITIMACY OR ORDER: Which Is the Fulcrum?
  2. pp. 124-128
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 129-156
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY
  2. pp. 157-162
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 163-178
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