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Skeletons in the closet : transitional justice in post-Communist Europe /

Monika Nalepa.

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Author: Nalepa, Monika
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Series: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Topics: Democratization - Europe, Eastern. | Transitional justice - Europe, Eastern. | Political purges - Europe, Eastern. | Post-communism - Europe, Eastern.
Genres: Electronic books.
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Author: Nalepa, Monika, 1976-
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 300 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
ISBN: 9780511815362 (ebook)

Summary: This book tackles three puzzles of pacted transitions to democracy. First, why do autocrats ever step down from power peacefully if they know that they may be held accountable for their involvement in the ancien régime? Second, when does the opposition indeed refrain from meting out punishment to the former autocrats once the transition is complete? Third, why, in some countries, does transitional justice get adopted when successors of former communists hold parliamentary majorities? Monika Nalepa argues that infiltration of the opposition with collaborators of the authoritarian regime can serve as insurance against transitional justice, making their commitments to amnesty credible. This explanation also accounts for the timing of transitional justice across East Central Europe. Nalepa supports her theory using a combination of elite interviews, archival evidence, and statistical analysis of survey experiments in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
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More Details for: Skeletons in the closet : transitional j