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By Danijela Dolenec

Josip Broz Tito's announcing that "one usually are not carry directly to the legislations like a drunken guy holds directly to a fence" is still a sound piece of renowned knowledge this day, encapsulating the matter of vulnerable rule of legislation in Southeast ecu societies. This ebook poses the query of why democratization in Southeast Europe disenchanted preliminary expectancies and claims that this is often as a result dominance of authoritarian events over regime swap. Their rule verified nondemocratic governance practices that proceed to subvert rule of legislation rules two decades later.

The precise contribution of this publication is in offering empirical facts for the argument that post-socialist transformation proceeded in a double circulation, wherein advances to formal democratic associations have been subverted via nondemocratic rule. This misfit is helping clarify why advancements to formal democratic associations didn't lead to anticipated democratization advances.

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Ibid. rule of law as the weakest link 23 capacity, the concept of state politicisation emphasises practices of clientelism, patronage, and finally corruption and abuse of public office. By the end of the first decade after regime change corruption in post-communist Europe was ‘developing new dimensions, reaching new heights, and posing new challenges’ (World Bank 2000: xiii). In the case of Serbia, ‘corruption remains prevalent in many areas and continues to be a serious problem’, the most vulnerable sectors being public procurement, privatisation and other large budgetary expenditures, but also taxation, customs and licensing (EC Serbia Progress Report 2009: 12).

Finally, bureaucratic-authoritarian communism is characterised by a powerful rule-guided bureaucratic machine on the one hand, and a harsher oppressive relationship of the communist party towards opposition forces on the other. These regimes relied on a technocratic class of professionals in the bureaucracy and a hierarchically stratified communist party. However, with respect to accommodating potential outside challengers, these regimes were rigid and oppressive, tolerating no political diversity.

In addressing the research question that 24 democratic institutions and authoritarian rule in southeast europe motivates this study, a combination of cross-case and within-case techniques are employed, analysing fourteen country cases. The eight Central Eastern European countries included in the analysis are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, while the six Southeast European countries are Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

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