Democracy Delayed: Obstacles in Political Transition

Nov. 1, 2011, 9:58 p.m.

Democracy Reporting International and EUROPEUM have published a report about transitions to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe entitled Democracy Delayed: Obstacles in Political Transition.

This collection of articles, compiled by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and Prague-based Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM, responds to requests made by some Arab reformers to deepen their knowledge of how political change in Eastern Europe unfolded. Rather than focussing on the successful transitions, it presents case studies which recall the difficulties, pitfalls and political missteps which jeopardised these countries’ transitions and even caused some of them to fail. It complements a report issued earlier in 2011 by DRI and the Portuguese Institute for International Relations which examined ‘successful’ transitions to democracy in Europe from the 1970s until 1991.

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