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Author Nalepa, Monika, 1976- author

Title Skeletons in the closet : transitional justice in post-Communist Europe / Monika Nalepa
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 300 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents Committing to amnesty -- Kidnapper's dilemma -- Hostages and skeletons in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic -- Voters : transitional justice demand -- Strategic elites : transitional justice supply -- Transitional justice bill game -- Strategic transitional justice : beyond East Central Europe -- Between agents and heroes
Summary "This book tackles three puzzles of pacted transitions to democracy. First, why do autocrats ever step down from power peacefully if they know that they may be held accountable for their involvement in the ancien regime? Second, when does the opposition indeed refrain from meting out punishment to the former autocrats once the transition is complete? Third, why, in some countries, does transitional justice get adopted when successors of former communists hold parliamentary majorities?" "Monika Nalepa argues that infiltration of the opposition with collaborators of the authoritarian regime can serve as insurance against transitional justice, making their commitments to amnesty credible. This explanation also accounts for the timing of transitional justice across East Central Europe. Nalepa supports her theory using a combination of elite interviews, archival evidence, and statistical analysis of survey experiments in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-292) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest, viewed June 5, 2018)
Subject Democratization -- Europe, Eastern.
Political purges -- Europe, Eastern.
Post-communism -- Europe, Eastern.
Transitional justice -- Europe, Eastern.
Form Electronic book
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