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Nelson, 1996. Social Research 63(3):345-368

Civil Society Endangered
Daniel Nelson

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Gains and Losses of the Transition to Democracy
Arien Mack, Editor
Timothy Garton Ash
Volume 63, No. 3 (Fall 1996): 345:368

ABSTRACT: This article looks at the condition of the civil society in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism in the country. In the first decade after the Berlin Wall fell, mass political behavior in Europe's eastern half exhibited discomfiting characteristics. Low turnouts have plagued many electoral contests in Hungary, the Czech Republic, referenda in Lithuania, and other public votes. Accompanying his trend is disinterest in politics and disbelief in the efficacy of participating in public affairs. These recent vignettes from political behavior in Europe's eastern half are neither comprehensive nor conclusive. Yet, these examples and other data suggest the collapse of hope, trust, and confidence among...
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