Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe

Module code: L2037
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The module begins by examining the kind of legacies that the communist period left in Eastern European countries before moving on to consider the institutional structures and party and electoral politics of new post-communist democracies.

You then consider some of the major issues raised by the process of post-communist democratisation. These include how to:

  • deal with functionaries of the previous non-democratic regime
  • introduce radical economic reform
  • accommodate the existence of the numerous ethnic minorities that most of these states encompass.

We also consider the impact of attempts to integrate into Euro-Atlantic international structures (such as the EU and NATO) on Central and East European domestic politics. The final session attempts to evaluate the nature of the regimes that are emerging in the region.

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse the structure and operation of an aspect of East European politics
  • Locate and evaluate academic literature related to a particular topic in East European politics
  • Identify and research a key issue or question relating to East European politics