The Roundtable Talks and the Breakdown of Communism

Edited by Jon Elster

The Roundtable Talks and the Breakdown of Communism
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Edited by Jon Elster

254 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1996
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9780226206288 Published September 1996
In 1989 and 1990, Eastern European Communist regimes and opposition groups conducted a series of roundtable talks to peacefully negotiate the abolition of authoritarian rule and the transition to democratic governance. This volume documents that unprecedented process of national reinvention and constitution making.

These essays capture the historical circumstances of these countries—their traditions, customs, and the balance of influence between competing factions—that often took precedence over constitutional ideals. In five country-specific reports, senior scholars provide detailed accounts of the talks in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the German Democratic Republic. Also included is an essay on the political factors underlying the failure of negotiations between reform groups and the Chinese regime, providing an illuminating counterpoint to the path taken in Eastern Europe.

This book is an invaluable resource for scholars of constitutional design and democratization and for specialists in Eastern Europe.
Contents
Introduction
Jon Elster
1: The Roundtable Talks in Poland
Wiktor Osiatynski
2: The Roundtable Talks in Hungary
Andras Sajo
3: The Roundtable Talks in the German Democratic Republic
Ulrich K. Preuss
4: The Roundtable Talks in Czechoslovakia
Milos Calda
5: The Roundtable Talks in Bulgaria
Rumyana Kolarova, Dimitr Dimitrov.
6: The Tiananmen Tragedy: The State-Society Relationship, Choices, and
Mechanisms in Historical Perspective
Tang Tsou
Contributors
Index
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