Title

Democracy in Eastern Europe: society, government, and economy

Abstract

The foundations of democracy is a very popular subject in our time period because there are many states seeking to establish democratic governments but are unsure of what exactly a democratic government is or how to build one. A democracy does not spring out of the ground overnight; it takes many years of painstakingly slow evolution in the direction of democracy. The main push for democracy comes from the people themselves by means of a gradual expansion of rights.

The point of this study is to discover underlying determinants of a strong democracy. For this study, three states will be looked at. The three states are Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic, and they are vital components to understanding the patterns of democratic development in Eastern Europe. Although as a whole the states within this region share many traits, there are sub-regional differences setting them apart that affect their chances of creating democracy. Of the three cases the Czech Republic stands out as the most likely to establish a viable democracy, and part of that has to do with its geographic proximity to Western Europe. Because the Czechs have always been closer to Western Europe they have imbibed more successful practices.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

2010

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Sadri, Houman A.

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Degree Program

Political Science

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0022437

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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