Dilemmas of Justice in Eastern Europe’s Democratic Transitions

  • Authors
  • Noel Calhoun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Noel Calhoun
    Pages 1-11
  3. Noel Calhoun
    Pages 13-28
  4. Noel Calhoun
    Pages 93-132
  5. Noel Calhoun
    Pages 133-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-226

About this book


Calhoun innovatively examines how the ideology of liberal democracy influences one of the most contentious and potentially traumatic and divisive issues facing countries transitioning from authoritarian regimes to democracy: how to confront the past violations of human rights. Competing views of liberal democracy frame debates about how to confront the past and in particular how to deal with the truth of systematic human rights violations. Democratic values may not determine the precise method of dealing with the past - whether through truth commissions, lustration, or tribunals - but the very process of debate inherent in democratic theory and practice has important implications for the perceived fairness of the result. These implications are examined through a comparison of transitional justice in East Germany, Poland and Russia. The result is a provocative integration of democratic theory and comparative politics.


democracy desegregation Europe Front Germany human rights politics

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