Electoral Revolutions and Their Socio-economic Impact: Bulgaria and Slovakia in Comparative Perspective
Published on June 10, 2006 in Books and edited volumes
Electoral Revolutions and Their Socio-economic Impact: Bulgaria and Slovakia in Comparative Perspective. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co KG, 72 pp. (Based on MA thesis.)
This work sets out to unravel the effects of electoral revolutions which swept across the post-communist region, scrutinizing their impact on socio-economic consolidation. An extensive empirical comparison using qualitative case study is undertaken for two early cases of electoral breakthroughs, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The work investigates in which of three dimensions – political, economic and social – was the contribution of the pivotal elections most crucial. The book argues that while the pivotal elections were clearly a success in a narrow understanding of de-powering the illiberal incumbents, the post-electoral success in a broad sense of bringing tangible improvements materialized to the greatest extent on the dimension where the country had the most difficulties prior to the revolution. In neither of the cases was the sizeable improvement in democratization and in macroeconomic criteria accompanied by similar improvement in social dimension. The book seeks to be a contribution to transition literature and to works which look at the relationship between democratisation, economic development and welfare. It is a useful read for academics and policy-makers alike.