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Central and Eastern Europe After Transition

Towards a New Socio-legal Semantics


Editors: Professor Alberto Febbrajo, Professor Wojciech Sadurski
: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., September 2010 (ebook February 2013)
pp: 374
ISBN: 9781409497226
Price: £22.50 (hardback), £80.00 (ebook)

How have national identities changed, developed and reacted in the wake of transition from communism to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe? Central and Eastern Europe After Transition defines and examines new autonomous differences adopted at the state and the supranational level in the post-transitional phase of the post-Communist area, and considers their impact on constitutions, democracy and legal culture. With representative contributions from older and newer EU members, the book provides a broad set of cultural points for reference. Its comparative and interdisciplinary approach includes a useful selection of bibliographical resources specifically devoted to the Central Eastern European countries' transitions.


Table of Contents


Part 1: The Constitutional Framework

Constituting the heterarchy of European constitutionalism in the EU's new member states, Jiří Přibáň
Legal cultures in transition: a system-theory approach, Alberto Febbrajo
Democratic ethics, constitutional dimensions and 'constitutionalisms', Paul Blokker
Constitutional courts and constitutional culture in Central and East European countries, Wojciech Sadurski
Constititional culture and the theory of adjudication: Ulysses as a constitutional justice, Daniel Smilov
Settling accounts with the past, the conceptualization of difference, and the dilemmas of the law-governed state, Grażyna Skąpska

Part 2: The Legal Professions

The democratization and modernization of post-Communist judiciaries, Zdeněk Kühn
Bureaucratic and managerial cultures in Central Eastern European courts, Daniela Piana
Polish prosecutors, political corruption, and legal culture, Paulina Polak and David Nelken
Notaries in Central Europe: from state employment to professional independence – a rocky path, Gisela Shaw
Multiple transitions to the EU constitutional project: the case of Eastern European legal professions, Vittorio Olgiati

Selected international bibliography, 1989–2009, ed. Stefania Porfiri


About the Editors

Alberto Febbrajo is Professor of Law at the University of Macerata, Italy, and a former Rector of the University. Wojciech Sadurski is Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney, and former Dean of the Law dept., European University Institute, Florence, Italy.


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