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Post-Communist Transitional Justice

Lessons from Twenty-Five Years of Experience

edited by: Lavinia Stan, Nadya Nedelsky
published by: Cambridge University Press
pp: 358
ISBN: 9781107065567
price: £64.99

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Taking stock of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collapse of the communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe, this volume explores how these societies have grappled with the serious human rights violations of past regimes. It focuses on the most important factors that have shaped the nature, speed, and sequence of transitional justice programs in the period spanning the revolutions that brought about the collapse of the communist dictatorships and the consolidation of new democratic regimes. Contributors explain why leaders made certain choices, discuss the challenges they faced, and explore the role of under-studied actors and grassroots strategies. Written by recognized experts with an unparalleled grasp of the region's communist and post-communist reality, this volume addresses far-reaching reckoning, redress, and retribution policy choices. It is an engaging, carefully crafted volume, which covers a wide variety of cases and discusses key transitional justice theories using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1989 revolutions and takes stock of what has happened during that period of time Covers a wide variety of cases in Central and Eastern Europe At the forefront of identifying and discussing the most significant theoretical lessons we can grasp by studying post-communist Eastern European efforts to reckon with the recent past

 

Table of contents

Part I. Determinants of Transitional Justice:
1. Transitional justice and political goods Brian Grodsky
2. Transitional justice as electoral politics Robert Austin
3. Explaining late lustration programs: lessons from the Polish case Aleks Szczerbiak
Part II. The Impact of Transitional Justice:
4. The adoption and impact of transitional justice Moira Lynch and Bridget Marchesi
5. Transitional justice effects in the Czech Republic Roman David
Part III. Key Challenges:
6. The timing of transitional justice measures Cynthia M. Horne
7. The challenge of competing pasts Monica Ciobanu
8. Beyond the national: pathways of diffusion Helga A. Welsh
9. The mythologizing of communist violence Jelena Subotic
Part IV. History, Justice, and Public Memory:
10. Post-communist truth commissions: between transitional justice and the politics of history Andrew Beattie
11. Public memory, commemoration, and transitional justice: reconfiguring the past in public space Duncan Light and Craig Young
12. Stories we tell: documentary theater, performance, and justice in transition Olivera Simic
13. Vigilante justice and unofficial truth projects Lavinia Stan.

Author Bios

Lavinia Stan, St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
Lavinia Stan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at St Francis Xavier University, Canada. She is an associate editor of the peer-reviewed Women's Studies International Forum and, most recently, the co-author or co-editor of Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Romania (2013); Church, State and Democracy in the Expanding Europe (with Lucian Turcescu, 2011); and the three-volume Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (with Nadya Nedelsky, 2013). Stan is also the author of more than fifty peer-reviewed articles published in the European Political Science Journal, Problems of Post-Communism, Communist and Post-Communist Politics, and Europe-Asia Studies.
Nadya Nedelsky, MacAlester College, Minnesota
Nadya Nedelsky is Associate Professor of International Studies at Macalester College. She is the author of Defining the Sovereign Community: National Identity, Individual Rights, and Minority Membership in the Czech and Slovak Republics (2009) and the co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (with Lavinia Stan, 2013). She is author of the national report on the Czech and Slovak republics titled How the Memory of Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes in Europe is Dealt with in the Member States commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General of Justice, Freedom and Security.
Contributors
Brian Grodsky, Robert Austin, Aleks Szczerbiak, Moira Lynch, Bridget Marchesi, Roman David, Cynthia M. Horne, Monica Ciobanu, Helga A. Welsh, Jelena Subotic, Andrew Beattie, Duncan Light, Craig Young, Olivera Simic, Lavinia Stan


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