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Democracy after Accession:

Deconsolidation and the EU’s Domestic Impact in Central and Eastern Europe

Laura-Elena Sibinescu

This dissertation addresses three research questions about democratic deconsolidation in Central and Eastern Europe after EU accession: what are the conditions under which it occurred? What intervening, case-specific processes explain deconsolidation? And what was the nature of the EU’s domestic impact relating to this phenomenon? To operationalize deconsolidation, I use the democratic embeddedness model proposed by Wolfgang Merkel in 2004. It states that consolidated democracies feature two dimensions of embeddedness. Internally, five interconnected elements ensure democracy’s proper functioning: elections, civil rights, political rights of participation, horizontal accountability and the guarantee that elected officials have the effective power to govern. Externally, three conditions protect democracy against destabilizing factors: a favorable socio-economic context, active civil society and a high degree of international integration. Using the embeddedness model in combination with a set-theoretic multimethod approach, I examine the conditions responsible for facilitating deconsolidation in Central and Eastern Europe.


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  • Julkaisija Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta (Helsingin yliopisto)
    Julkaisuvuosi 2018
    Sivumäärä 215
    Kieli Englanti
    Ulkoasu B5,pehmeäkantinen
    ISBN 9789515133632
    ISSN 2343-273X