Politics and Constitutionalism in East Central Europe (SPS-RESKO-CON-21)


Department SPS
Course category SPS Foundation Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2021-2022
Credits 20 (EUI SPS Department)
Contact Rzemieniecka, Monika


This seminar studies the post-1989 political and constitutional transformations in East Central Europe (ECE). It pursues the three main objectives. First, the seminar aims to understand and assess the transformations’ outcomes. Through the lenses of the aspirations from the early 1990s, what have been the successes of the transformations, and which are the failures? What factors have contributed to the different paths taken within the region? What has been the role of historical legacies? The seminar’s second objective is to identify the potential specificities and idiosyncrasies of political processes in ECE. Is party competition structured by the same conflicts as in the West? What explains the high levels of party volatility? Do ECE citizens stand out in terms of their political participation? Finally, the seminar seeks to investigate the causes of the democratic erosion that ECE has experienced in recent years. Why is the liberal democratic constitutional order increasingly being challenged in the region? Do citizens in ECE value democracy less than their Western counterparts? Is there a way back to the original ideals of the constitutional transformation? And what could be the role of the internal and external supporters of a liberal democratic order?
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