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Postcommunist Presidents

Postcommunist Presidents

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Juan J. Linz, Ray Taras, Stephen White, Andrew Wilson, Martha Brill Olcott, Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Sharon L. Wolchik, Patrick H. O'Neil, Jon Elster
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  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587655

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  • The best-known political leaders of former communist states are their presidents. To many people, Yeltsin, Havel and Walesa are the symbols of the birth of democracy in their countries, yet their historical legacy remains unclear. Have the first postcommunist presidents institutionalized democratic rule so that they are no longer essential to its survival? Leading specialists examine the presidents and presidential elections in six states--Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary--asking whether strong presidents augur well for future democratic development in the region.

    • Study of impact of presidents like Yeltsin, Havel and Walesa on democratisation in former communist world. Asks whether their impact will be lasting, and how healthy it is
    • Very good line up of authors. Country studies of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary by leading names, plus theoretical pieces by world reknowned scholars Juan Linz and Jon Elster
    • Detailed and up-to-date case studies, including in-depth study by Stephen White of Yeltsin, his election victory, and the struggle to succeed him
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Ray Taras and his coauthors have produced a useful work that captures the intricacy of creating presidential power in the early years of the postcommunist transformation." Timothy Frye, American Political Science Review

    "...this book is a useful resource in bridging the gap between area studies and comparative should be in every four-year college library as a reference work." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587655
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: some thoughts on presidentialism in postcommunist Europe Juan J. Linz
    1. Separating power: keeping presidents in check Ray Taras
    2. Russia: presidential leadership under Yeltsin Stephen White
    3. Ukraine: two presidents and their powers Andrew Wilson
    4. Kazakstan: Nursultan Nazarbaev as strong president Martha Brill Olcott
    5. Poland: Walesa's legacy to the presidency Krzysztof Jasiewicz
    6. The Czech Republic: Havel and the evolution of the presidency since 1989 Sharon L. Wolchik
    7. Hungary: political transition and executive conflict: the balance or fragmentation of power Patrick H. O'Neil
    8. Afterword: the making of postcommunist presidencies Jon Elster.

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    Raymond Taras, Tulane University, Louisiana


    Juan J. Linz, Ray Taras, Stephen White, Andrew Wilson, Martha Brill Olcott, Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Sharon L. Wolchik, Patrick H. O'Neil, Jon Elster

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