The Weakness of Postcommunist Civil Society

Issue Date January 2002
Volume 13
Issue 1
Page Numbers 157-169
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Recent studies suggest that civil society in the postcommunist countries is significantly weaker than in other types of democracies, old or new. Can this legacy of communism be overcome? If not, what are the implications for democracy?

About the Author

Marc Morjé Howard is assistant professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. This article draws on his book, The Weakness of Civil Society in Post-Communist Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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