9. Course unit: East-Central Europe within the International World Order

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 3rd semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The course focuses on three aspects of East-Central European processes before and after the 1990 transitions, with special attention to Hungary. Firstly, it presents the relationship of changes in domestic policy to the geopolitical situation. Secondly, it touches upon the problems of interpreting democracy. Thirdly, it presents in detail the development, typology and the effects of different social movements. The main topics: The geopolitical situation of Hungary before 1990.; Democratic transition in East-Central Europe. Post-communist political culture and nostalgia; The end of history. Democracy and liberalism in East-Central Europe in the 90s.; Rise of illiberalism and populism. The new radical right in East-Central Europe; Soft power in international politics; Social movements, political protests after 2011. Activism, political participation in East-Central Europe; Globalisation and nation states. The roots of the conflict between the two concepts.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Bozoki, Andras: Hungary’s road to systemic change: The opposition roundtable. In: East European Politics and Societies. 1993/1. 276–308. p.

Bozoki, Andras: The Hungarian transition in a comparative perspective. In: Bozóki, Andras – Körösényi, Andras – Schöpflin, György (ed.): Post-Communist Transition: Emerging Pluralism in Hungary. LondonNew York, Pinter – St. Marin’s, 1992. (ISBN 978-0312080921) 163–191. p.

Petrovic, Milenko: The Democratic Transition of Post-Communist Europe. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013. (ISBN-10 0230354319)


– Recommended:

McFaul, Michael: The Fourth Wave of Democracy and Dictatorship: Noncooperative Transitions in the Postcommunist World. In: World Politics, 2002. January. 212–244. p.

Bernard, Michael: Civil Society and Democratic Transition in East Central Europe. In: Political Science Quarterly, 1993. Summer. 307–326. p.

Course director: Dr. Csizmadia, Ervin Associate Professor, PhD

Participating teacher: Mikecz, Dániel guest teacher; Lakatos, Júlia guest teacher