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Author Rose-Ackerman, Susan.

Title From elections to democracy : building accountable government in Hungary and Poland / Susan Rose-Ackerman
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005


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Description xii, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Policymaking accountability and democratic consolidation -- Alternative routes to policymaking accountability -- The legacy of the past -- External accountability and the European Union -- Oversight -- Decentralized political accountability -- Public participation in policymaking: government procedures -- Civil society groups: overview -- Environmental advocacy organizations in Hungary -- Student and youth organizations in Poland -- Democratic consolidation and policymaking accountability
Summary "This study documents the weaknesses of public oversight and participation in policymaking in Hungary and Poland, two of the most advanced countries in Central Europe. It discusses five alternative routes to accountability including European Union oversight, constitutional institutions such as presidents and courts, devolution to lower-level governments, the use of neocorporat bodies, and open-ended participation rights. It urges more emphasis on the fifth option, public participation. Case studies of the environmental movement in Hungary and of student groups in Poland illustrate these general points. The book reviews the United States' experience of open-ended public participation and draws some lessons for the transition countries from the strengths and weaknesses of the American system."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Political participation -- Hungary.
Transparency in government -- Hungary.
Democracy -- Hungary.
Political participation -- Poland.
Transparency in government -- Poland.
Democracy -- Poland.
Author MyiLibrary.
LC no. 2004024986
ISBN 0521843839 :
9780521692151 paperback