Democratic Development in Central Europe and the Western Balkans

The demise of communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe nearly 25 years ago gave rise to new democracies that also became member states of the EU. These democratic and market transitions, as well as nearly ten years of EU membership, created a host of new social, political and economic opportunities. At the same time, democratic consolidation and development has sometimes encountered setbacks, including corruption, nationalist and populist politics, and challenges to the rule of law, judicial independence and minority rights protection.

This theme examines issues related to the democratic development of the post-communist member states of the European Union and the candidate states of the Western Balkans. 

These activities are developed in partnership with the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.  

Theme Leader: Dr. Joseph Patrouch