Course date

2 July - 19 July, 1996
Application deadline
15 February, 1996
Course Director(s): 

Andras Bozoki

CEU, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Jozsef Borocz

Rutgers University, USA

Helena Flam

University of Leipzig, Germany

Bela Greskovits

International Relations and European Studies, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Scott Mainwaring

Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dam, USA

Akos Rona-Tas

University of California, San Diego, USA

Alfred Stepan

CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Ivan Szelenyi

New York University, Abu Dhabi

Gabor Toka

Department of Political Science, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Currently there is a debate about the preconditions of democracy, particularly between "minimalists" and a "maximalists" who understand democratic transition and consolidation differently.

Paralel to it, but not independently, there is a discussion about the main determinants of the regime change.

Modernization, dependency and world-system theories originally tended to emphasize the determining role of the given structures. Institutionalists and transition theorists, however, stressed the importance of the elites in creating and changing structures. (The members of these elites partly came from the former opposition, partly from the younger, more technocratic representatives of the former communist party.)

In the present post-transition period of East Central Europe the debate is far from being over and, after the period of rapid political change, social scientists, again, tend to bring the given social structures back in the discussion. The participants of the course will study this problem with special attention to the preconditions of stabilization of new democracies.