Explaining Eastern Europe: Slovakia's Conflicting Camps

July 2018

The political turmoil following a journalist’s murder in Slovakia has revealed serious dangers to the country’s democratic institutions.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: "Soft Decisionism" in Bulgaria

July 2018

Bulgaria continues to enjoy free and fair elections, but over the last decade its politics has come to be dominated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who practices a brand of discretionary rule that puts his own priorities above any commitment to legal or constitutional norms.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Romania’s Italian-Style Anticorruption Populism

July 2018

In Romania today, as in Italy twenty years ago, the gradual politicization of anticorruption has come to shape the political scene.

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Explaining Eastern Europe: Imitation and Its Discontents

July 2018

For countries emerging from communism, the post-1989 imperative to “be like the West” has generated discontent and even a “return of the repressed,” as the region feels old nationalist stirrings and new demographic pressures.

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Modernization and Authoritarianism

July 2018

Embracing a new model of capitalist authoritarianism, a number of nondemocratic regimes have made startling gains in state capacity, posing a new challenge to the appeal and advance of liberal democracy.

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