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Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave

Polish Engagement in Belarus and Ukraine

by Paulina Pospieszna

Publication Year: 2014

The role of Western NGOs in the transition of postcommunist nations to democracy has been well documented. In this study, Paulina Pospieszna follows a different trajectory, examining the role of a former aid recipient (Poland), newly democratic itself, and its efforts to aid democratic transitions in the neighboring states of Belarus and Ukraine.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-x

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pp. xi-xxx

This book addresses several questions that deal with democracy assistance provided by countries that experienced the “third wave of democracy” and that were recipients of this kind of aid not so long ago.1 Why does a country that received democracy assistance in the past offer such...

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1. Belarus’s and Ukraine’s Quest for Democracy

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pp. 1-21

The political experiences of Belarus and Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union have broadly diverged, with Belarus backsliding toward authoritarianism and Ukraine struggling with democratization. Paralleling those political experiences are the two countries’ situations with...

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2. Polish Governmental Aid Programs

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pp. 33-63

The Polish government provides aid for democracy assistance in various areas, through multiple channels of aid distribution, and with various partners. Drawing on data from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that has not previously been addressed by scholars, the analysis in...

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3. The Solidarity Movement’s Lasting Legacy: Polish NGOs’ Engagement in Democracy Assistance

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pp. 64-93

Although nongovernmental organizations are major partners in implementing the Polish government's democracy assistance, they began their own such activities in the postcommunist region in the 1990s, before the government's program was established. Polish NGOs' involvement in...

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4. Demystifying Cross-Border Networks: Polish NGOs’ Civil Society Assistance in Belarus and Ukraine

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pp. 94-120

The scholarly literature contains very little about cross-border collaborative civil society networks like those established by Polish nongovernmental organizations in Belarus and Ukraine. This chapter fills that void by describing the origin, evolution, and character of these collaborative...

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5. Why Polish Democracy Assistance Matters

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pp. 121-152

Polish democracy assistance relies extensively on Polish NGOs’ efforts, which may be analyzed through different prisms: the literature on democracy assistance, Polish NGOs’ own opinions and evaluation of the results of their efforts, and the opinions of Western donors about Polish...

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6. Implications for Theory and Practice

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pp. 153-162

This book has taken a detailed look at a particular example of democracy assistance efforts provided by a young democracy, something that has not been studied before. This book makes some contributions to research on democracy assistance...

Appendix 1. Interviews Conducted

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pp. 163-164

Appendix 2. Interview Questions

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pp. 165-169

Appendix 3. Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Assistance Data

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p. 170

Appendix 4. NED Data on Cross-Border Work

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p. 171

Appendix 5. Typical Polish NGO Project Summaries

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p. 172


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pp. 173-210


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pp. 211-242


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pp. 243-246

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780822979234
E-ISBN-10: 0822979233
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962717
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962713

Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 878130506
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave

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Subject Headings

  • Poland -- Foreign relations -- Belarus.
  • Belarus -- Foreign relations -- Poland.
  • Poland -- Foreign relations -- Ukraine.
  • Ukraine -- Foreign relations -- Poland.
  • Poland -- Foreign relations -- 1989-.
  • Democratization -- Belarus.
  • Democratization -- Ukraine.
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