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Eastern Europe since 1989: political and constitutional challenges

Dates:
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-01-20 11:00 2020-01-20 13:00 Europe/Paris Eastern Europe since 1989: political and constitutional challenges

Description

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 and European integration are being contested; economic nationalism has 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? 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? The seminar will approach these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

Sala del Capitolo DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Capitolo

Description

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 and European integration are being contested; economic nationalism has 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? 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? The seminar will approach these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. 


Location:
Sala del Capitolo

Affiliation:
Department of Law
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

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

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