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A Quarter Century of Post-Communism Assessed

I General Trends and Regional Patterns: What Has a Quarter Century of Post-Communism Taught Us About the Correlates of Democracy?Structural Explanations for Regime OutcomesDataAnalysis of DataThe Structural Correlates of Democracy: A Closer LookWealth and DemocracyFuels DependenceProximity to the WestReligionTaking Stock of the Strengths and Limitations of Structural ExplanationsAlternatives to Structural ExplanationsConstitutional ArrangementsLeadershipConclusionBibliography: Post-Communist Transition Under the Umbrella of Uneven EUropeanisation: East Central Europe, the Baltic States and the BalkansA Different Desire for Post-Communist Reform, But a Similar Need for Foreign AssistanceThe Different Level of Foreign Assistance as a Consequence of the Different Choices Made at the Beginning of Post-Communist TransitionThe Slow Progress of the Western Balkans After the Completion of the 2004/2007 Enlargement: Domestic Problems, or a Lack of EU Assistance and Interest?Socio-political Conditions and Open Issues in the Western Balkan StatesThe EU ResponseConclusionNotesBibliography: Trajectories of Political Development in the Post-Soviet StatesCulture and Regime FormsThe Role of AgencyThe Nature of Regime ChangeRegime Change and Political TrajectoryNotesBibliography: Curbing Post-Communist Corruption: External Pressure vs. Domestic CommitmentThe Corruption SituationBulgaria and Romania: Some Comparisons and ContrastsThe Russian ConundrumGeorgia’s SuccessConclusionsNotesBibliographyII Central and Eastern Europe : The V4 Countries and the EU: A Comparative PerspectiveForeign TradeMain Trade Partners and Product GroupsTrade in Value Added: Domestic and Foreign Value-Added in Total ExportsForeign Direct InvestmentResearch and DevelopmentStructural Challenges and Integration to the EU’s Knowledge MarketsLabour MigrationConclusionsNotesBibliography: Constitutional Identity? The Hungarian Model of Illiberal DemocracyTerminology and ConceptualizationIlliberal Developments, Anti-Democratic BacklashIlliberalism and the Emergence of a New Political Community: The National System of CooperationIlliberal Democracy as Constitutional IdentityCauses and ExplanationsValues and Political CultureOrban and His Strategy: The Rhetoric and Politics of the “Dark Side”A Little Help from the Constitutional Structure...Economic HardshipShift and Legacy: Concluding RemarksNotesBibliography: Establishing the Rule of Law in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Contribution of the EU Civilian MissionsEULEX in KosovoEUPM in BiHIn lieu of ConclusionsBibliography: Old Paradigms of Ethnicity and Post-Soviet Transition in the Baltic StatesEstonia and LatviaUnnoticed Transformation of LithuaniaConclusionsNotesBibliographyIII Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan: Ukraine’s Democratisation Path Post-Orange Revolution: Examining the Internal and External Impediments to Successful Democratic Reform in UkraineUkraine’s History with DemocratisationWhy Has Ukraine Failed to Democratise?Internal Impediment: The Oligarchization of Power in UkraineExternal Impediment: The Competing Regime Promotion Strategies of the EU and Russia in UkraineRectifying the Internal and External Impediments to Democratic Ukraine: A Plausible Future Pathway?NotesBibliography: Post-Communist Russia and the West: From Crisis to Crisis?Cycle of Crises? Bosnia, 1994, to Syria, 2013Norms and Interests in Russian Foreign PolicyThe Putin EraConclusionNotesBibliography: Russia’s Security-Related Decision-Making: The Case of CrimeaCrimea: The TimelineCrimea: The MotivesThe Actual DecisionParticipantsThe Security CouncilInformation InputMilitary-OperationalPoliticalInternational ReactionEconomic ImplicationsConclusionNotesBibliography: Kazakhstan and the Eurasian Economic Union: The Dilemmas of Alliance-Making in the Post-Soviet PeriodInterpreting the Eurasian Economic Union: Flawed Obsession with GeopoliticsThe EEU at a GlanceNazarbaev’s EurasianismThe EEU Debate in Kazakhstan: Issues of Economic Development and National SovereigntyRelations with RussiaRecrudescent Multi-VectorismConclusionNotesBibliography

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