||The challenge of transformation since 1989 : an introduction / Sabrina P. Ramet and Christine M. Hassenstab -- Post-socialist models of rule in Central and Southeastern Europe / Sabrina P. Ramet and F. Peter Wagner -- Media, journalism, and the third wave of democratization in former communist countries / Peter Gross -- Economic reforms and the burdens of transition / Karl Kaser -- The war of Yugoslav succession / Marko Attila Hoare -- Poland since 1989 : muddling through, wall to wall / Konstanty Gebert -- Building democratic values in the Czech Republic since 1989 / Carol Skalnik Leff -- Slovakia since 1989 / Erika Harris and Karen Henderson -- Two faces of Hungary : from democratization to democratic backsliding / Andras Bozoki and Eszter Simon -- Slovenia since 1989 / Danica Fink-Hafner -- Politics in Croatia since 1990 / Sabrina P. Ramet and Ivo Goldstein -- Serbia and Montenegro since 1989 / Sabrina P. Ramet -- Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1991 / Florian Bieber -- Macedonia/North Macedonia since 1989 / Zachary T. Irwin -- Kosova : from resisting expulsion to building on independence / Frances Trix -- Romania : in the shadow of the past / Lavinia Stan -- Bulgaria since 1989 / Maria Spirova and Radostina Sharenkova-Toshkova -- Albania since 1989 : the Hoxhaist legacy / Bernd J. Fischer -- Regional security and regional relations / Rick Fawn -- The European Union and democratization in Central and Southeastern Europe since 1989 / Ulrich Sedelmeier -- Conclusion: Adapting to the 21st century : lessons, progress, and regression / Aurel Braun.
||"In 2009, when the first edition of this book was put to bed, the challenges in Central and Southeastern Europe looked formidable enough. The old order had collapsed across the region in the course of the years 1989-91, although the War of Yugoslav Succession (1991-95), the War for Kosovo (1998-99), and the Albanian Insurrection in Macedonia (2001) created additional complications for the Yugoslav successor states. But, as of 2009, the consensus among those watching the region was that Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Slovenia at least seemed to be heading in the direction of liberal democracy, in spite of some bumps on the road in the cases of Slovakia and Slovenia and, in some quarters, also a cautious optimism that the entire region would, over time, accept European Union (EU) standards, deal effectively with corruption, and establish traditions of free and fair elections. But throughout the region, there were problems with corruption, subverting political processes, diverting public funds into private pockets, and corrupting the privatization process. Religiously inspired intolerance of gays and lesbians was, and has continued to be, a problem, especially in Southeastern Europe. But in 2004, the EU admitted 10 new members--among them, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Romania and Bulgaria were admitted to the EU in 2007 (followed by Croatia in 2013)"-- Provided by publisher.