Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe (L2037)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: