G.M. Tamás

G.M. Tamás, a research professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and an associate fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study/Collegium Budapest, was one of Hungary’s leading dissidents and wrote extensively in samizdat; he was also among the founders of the Free Democratic Alliance and served in parliament during 1990–94. His latest book is Törszi fogalmak (Tribal Concepts), a two-volume collection of his philosophical papers (1999).

Democracy after Communism

Is the challenge of building and consolidating democracy under postcommunist conditions unique, or can one apply lessons learned from other new democracies? The essays collected in this volume explore these questions, while tracing how the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have fared in the decade following the fall of communism.