By Srdan Dvornik

ISBN-10: 3869280166

ISBN-13: 9783869280165

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In other words, it essentially rested upon a set of institutions and formal requirements. ) promoted it in post-communist Europe. 56 40 An example of such minimalist designation of democracy – quoted in: Catherine Dupré, Importating the Law in Post-communist Transitions (Portland: Hart Publishing, 2003), p. 58, n. 51 – is given by the concluding statement by Karen Darwisha in the introduction to her book: “It is assumed that leaders chosen via free and fair elections, using universal adult suffrage, will be induced to modify their behavior to be more responsive to popular wishes and demands than leaders in authoritarian states”; – in K.

2002). 31 interests for the acquisition of non-violent prevalence based on the free convictions of citizens-voters, and a game of reconciliation between special interests and common policy necessary to sustain the whole. In societies the likes of which have come out of decades-long rule by communist regimes and short political revolutions, there was no such potential with which to fight to obtain democratic institutions. Although, if it is known how wide a consensus existed in favor of adopting democratic constitutions, constitutional and legal guarantees of civil and political rights, in favor of the rule of law as voted in a democratically elected parliament, the thesis of lacking potentials may seem at least paradoxical.

158. , pp. 158–9. ” When a manager of a socialist company came under particular pressure to deliver products required by the plan, at the same time depending on equally unrealistically planned deliveries of raw material, components, or equipment, he had to find unofficial ways out of such a squeeze. Thus, the “pushers” reportedly travelled throughout the country with suitcases full of cash, buying other managers’ cooperation in the companies whose deliveries were needed. Although they could not be checked, such stories, which really resemble a kind of “economic anthropology,” at least illustrate the “model” at work in such societies.

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