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The break-up of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia has unleashed two grand forces: a drive for democratization on Western lines and the resurgence of ethnonational conflicts. It is anticipated that these post-Communist states may develop a new regime that combines institutionalized dominance of an ethnic majority with democratic rights for all. This mixed, non-Western type of system is amenable for analysis by Sammy Smooha's model of ethnic democracy, based on Israel.
In this volume, the model is applied by country specialists to Estonia, Latvia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. From these seven case studies, Smooha draws comparisons and conclusions about the model and regimes in post-Communist Europe.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Model of Ethnic Democracy
Ethnic Democracy in Latvia
Georgia's Ethnic Democracy: Source of Instability
From Ethnic Privileging to Power-Sharing: Ethnic Dominance and Democracy in Macedonia
Serbia in the 1990s: The Case of an Ethnic Semi-Democracy
A Model in the Making: The Case of Kosovo
Ethnic Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Containing the Spectre?
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