Politics and Society Conference 2019


East Central Europe Thirty Years Following the End of Communism


The past thirty years following the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe witnessed impressive change in various aspects of political, economic, social and cultural areas. Democratization, institutional change and marketization have transformed the regional landscape, with many of the countries from the region becoming members of NATO and the European Union, while the rest started the negotiation process. However, recent developments in several countries from the region offered new perspectives on democratic consolidation, with democratic backsliding threatening the accumulation process and questioning the solidity of numerous transformations pertaining to Europeanization and the rule of law.

The democratic backsliding occurs in a context marked by consistent change in the international relations, where the advancement of NATO in Eastern Europe triggered the response from the Russian Federation, making the EU neighborhood policy a very complicated matter with respect to the frozen conflicts and de-facto states from the region. Moreover, domestic issues now combine in very intricate ways with regional and international topics, mixing migration policies, economic development and state (lack of) sovereignty with national and European elections. From the optimist perspective of ending post-communist transition with a consolidation phase, this is quite a surprise to see how de-democratization, the rise of the radical parties, protest, new media, widespread populism and fake-news combine in public sphere.


The language of the conference is English.


Keynote speaker

Daniel Brett, University College London


International Advisory Board

Michael Ambrosi, University of Trier

Antonella Capelle-Pogăcean, Sciences Po, Paris

Stanislav Cernyavsky, Center for Post-Soviet Studies, Moscow

Philippe Claret, University of Bordeaux

Djivorin Djuric, Institute of Political Studies, Belgrade

Tatiana Dubovic, Taras Shevchenko University, Kiev

Petru Negură, Free International University, Chisinau

Sorina Soare, University of Florence

Serghei Sprincean, Institute of Legal, Political and Social Studies, Chisinau

Camil Ungureanu, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona