The authors begin with a introduction to the concept and theories of democracy and then examine the emerging politics of the new democracies to set the post-Communist transitions in longer-term comparative perspective with earlier and existing processes of democratization in
Southern Europe, Latin America, and East and Southeast Asia. Finally the politics of EU accession are introduced to place the transitions within the wider context of European integration.
Concluding with a summary of recent critiques of modern democracy and
looking toward future theories, this text provides a comprehensive introduction
to what will remain the key contemporary issue for all students of political