Nations in Transit - 2001-2002: Civil Society, Democracy and Markets in East Central Europe and Newly Independent States

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How are democracy and market reforms faring in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union? Is civil society expanding or shrinking? Are the media free or fettered by official constraints? To what degree are nations governed by the rule of law? Are human rights respected? Do taxation and trade policies, property rights reforms, banking laws, privatization, and macroeconomic policies encourage or encumber private sector development and economic growth?

In Nations in Transit 2000-2001, Freedom House asked leading regional specialists and in-house experts to answer a checklist of more than 70 indicators for 27 post-Communist countries in ten key areas: political process, civil society, independent media, governance and public administration, constitutional, legislative and judicial framework, corruption, privatization, macroeconomic policy, microeconomic policy, and social sector indicators.

The results are incisive, authoritative, and comprehensive country-by-country reports which assess the progress of East Central European and former Soviet countries in ridding themselves of repressive political systems and inefficient statist economies. As an added dimension, Freedom House also developed a rating system which allows for a comparative analysis of countries in terms of democratic and market reforms. Nations in Transit is an invaluable resource for government and non-governmental institutions, schools and universities, and anyone else interested in better understanding the political, economic, and legal structures and institutions that compromise the infrastructure on which the transition to open societies and markets depends.

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Adrian Karatnycky is president of Freedom House. Alexander Motyl is a professor at Rutgers, Newark. Amanda Schnetzer is a senior researcher at Freedom House.

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“The latest in a series that surveys the state of basic freedoms, democracy, and market conditions in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, this volume covers July 1999-Oct. 2001. It is organized by country and contains data and analysis of the status of democratization, rule of law, economic liberalization, and general social indicators; in these broad categories, topics considered include the formation of political parties and nongovernmental organizations, freedom of the press, judicial independence, governmental corruption, and human rights. Countries are awarded scores based on current conditions, which help define how countries are progressing in the transition to democracy and economic liberalization. Scores are compared both to previous years and to scores of other countries in the region to see which are improving, struggling, or backsliding. Authors of each country report are experts who work in NGOs or think-tanks that focus on the region. Each section's analysis is brief but thorough and incorporates statistics often difficult to find in English versions... [R]eaders working in transition studies will find this survey invaluable. It summarizes conditions in each country, while analyzing its progress to date... Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” 

—T. Miller, Choice

"This authoritative and comprehensive annual surveys the progress of civil society, democracy, and markets in East Central Europe and the Newly Independent States. It is a valuable reference tool for governmental and nongovernmental institutions and anyone interested in better understanding the political and economic events of these regions."

—Business Horizons

"An essential tool for those concerned with the future of democratizing East Central Europe and the newly independent states of the Soviet Union... comprehensive and reliable."

Zbigniew Brzezinizki

"Freedom House has demonstrated through decades since its founding a most extraordinary, consistent clear-headed commitment to democratic politics of free societies."

—Jeane Kirkpatrick, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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