Challenges of Transition: the Post-Communist Experience(s)

In 1990 Ralf Dahrendorf argued that it takes six months to create new political institutions; to write a constitution and electoral laws. It may take six years to create a half-viable economy. It will probably take 60 years to create a civil society. To what extent can we still talk about post-communism? Has the process of transition come to an end?

The organizers of this event believed that the topic of transition continues to be a current domain of interest for researchers in the field of social sciences. We were confident that many young political scientists, economists and sociologists are very interested in the study of a phenomenon which marked their existence, offering a first-hand, fresh approach to post-communism, and one which was in no way influenced by the communist experience. We were interested in the analyses and perspectives of those young researchers who have, oftentimes, been educated throughout Europe and have had the opportunity to compare the democratic experiences of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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