Formal Institutions and Informal Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

The second – and affordable paperback – Edition of Formal Institutions and Informal Politics… has been published recently. This volume gives an introductory insight into the title-giving relationship between 1989 and 2005. It comprises a systematic explication of central concepts, analyses the character and main mechanisms of informal politics as performed by power elites as well as the personalisation of politics. Being rather free from norm-driven evaluations up to this point, the authors rise the question of democratic legitimacy in the context of national political cultures and their legacies.

Probably the volume could have produced more fruitful insights, if the authors had set the democratic legitimacy-aspect aside, but nevertheless the book is an excellent introduction into the informal politics debate. In addition, there are four very good case studies. Conclusion: Buy the book, if you are interested in informal politics and/or CEE

  • Gerd Meyer (ed.) (2008): Formal Institutions and Informal Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Hungary, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. 2nd, revised edition. Opladen: Barbara Budrich Publishers. ISBN: 978-3-86649-147, 29,90€

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