Democratic Innovations in Central and Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Sergiu Gherghina, Joakim Ekman, Olena Podolian

November 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 140 Pages
ISBN 9780367421670 - CAT# 337911

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Democratic innovations in Central and Eastern Europe expands research on democratic innovations by looking specifically at different forms of democratic innovations in the Central and Eastern Europe.

The book covers direct democracy (referendums in particular), deliberative democracy practices and e-participation - forms which are salient in practice because they match the political realities of our time. Expert contributors show how the recent actions of ordinary citizens in several Central and Eastern European countries have challenged the contemporary political order, and grassroots movements and diverse forms of mobilization have challenged the notion of weak civil societies in the East. The empirical evidence presented illustrates attempts to deepen citizen involvement in political contexts sometimes quite different from the democratic political systems in the Western world. Using lessons from a still largely underexplored part of Europe, the book both complements and revises theoretical approaches, or complements empirical results in existing studies on democratic innovations.

Democratic innovations in Central and Eastern Europe will be of great interest to scholars working on democracy, political systems, political engagement, and Central and Eastern European politics. The chapters originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Politics.

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