The End of the Democratic Transition? Analyzing the Quality of Democracy Model in Post-Communism

in Comparative Sociology
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Abstract

The problem addressed in this article is the adequacy of the recently developed quality of democracy model in analyzing post-communist democracies in the context of their recent accession into the European Union. In order to provide some clarification of this question, the conceptual framework is utilized in light of past and recent political developments in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Several procedural and substantive dimensions of the model are examined, particularly participation and competition, accountability, governance, rule of law, corruption and aspects of popular legitimacy. The main conclusion is that while the model proves its ability to understand some of the specific dynamics and peculiarities of these cases, it is less successful in showing how democratic legitimacy becomes institutionalized.

The End of the Democratic Transition? Analyzing the Quality of Democracy Model in Post-Communism

in Comparative Sociology

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