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Eastern Europe since 1989: political and constitutional challenges

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  • Mon 24 Feb 2020 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-02-24 11:00 2020-02-24 13:00 Europe/Paris Eastern Europe since 1989: political and constitutional challenges

30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, there is widespread disillusionment with the outcomes of the transformation in the East. Public distrust in democratic institutions and political leaders, perception of widespread corruption, limited economic and social convergence with the West, and recurrent East-West conflicts attest to this. Consequently, political liberalism, the liberal democratic constitutional order and European integration are being contested; illiberal constitutional theories and economic nationalism have re-emerged, and historical memories are being re-written to idealize Europe’s dark 1920s and 1930s. However, disillusionment has varied across countries and over time. The seminar seeks to reevaluate the record of accomplishment of East European transformations. It will cover questions such as: What have been successes of the transformation, and which are the failures? How have early policy decisions contributed to success and failure? Was the introduction of the liberal democratic institutional system without prior political democratic and constitutional culture premature? Why is the liberal order increasingly being challenged in the region? How to best describe the current state of affairs in the region: is it still transformation, and if so, to what? Why are the almost forgotten early debates on populism, third way, economic nationalism, dependency, peripheral development, which seem to have been closed by the time of EU accession, being re-opened within the region? Is there a way back to the original ideals of the democratic transformation, and what could be the role of the internal and external supporters of a liberal democratic order?

Sala del Camino - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Camino - Villa Salviati- Castle

30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, there is widespread disillusionment with the outcomes of the transformation in the East. Public distrust in democratic institutions and political leaders, perception of widespread corruption, limited economic and social convergence with the West, and recurrent East-West conflicts attest to this. Consequently, political liberalism, the liberal democratic constitutional order and European integration are being contested; illiberal constitutional theories and economic nationalism have re-emerged, and historical memories are being re-written to idealize Europe’s dark 1920s and 1930s. However, disillusionment has varied across countries and over time. The seminar seeks to reevaluate the record of accomplishment of East European transformations. It will cover questions such as: What have been successes of the transformation, and which are the failures? How have early policy decisions contributed to success and failure? Was the introduction of the liberal democratic institutional system without prior political democratic and constitutional culture premature? Why is the liberal order increasingly being challenged in the region? How to best describe the current state of affairs in the region: is it still transformation, and if so, to what? Why are the almost forgotten early debates on populism, third way, economic nationalism, dependency, peripheral development, which seem to have been closed by the time of EU accession, being re-opened within the region? Is there a way back to the original ideals of the democratic transformation, and what could be the role of the internal and external supporters of a liberal democratic order?


Location:
Sala del Camino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of Law
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Organiser:
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Prof. Gábor Halmai (EUI - Law Department)
Professor Tom Junes (MWF)

Contact:
Valentina Gorgoni (Law) - Send a mail

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