Abstract

Abstract:

In the textbooks on democratic transition, Central and Eastern Europe provides the model of success. Yet in Brussels concern over the politics of the new EU members has been mounting. The day after accession, when conditionality has faded, the influence of the EU vanished like a short-term anesthetic. Political parties needed to behave during accession in order to reach this highly popular objective, but once freed from these constraints, they returned to their usual ways. Now we see Central and Eastern Europe as it really is-a region that has come far but still has a way to go.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 8-16
Launched on MUSE
2007-11-01
Open Access
No
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