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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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(p.657) Chapter 76 Stateness
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Timm Beichelt

Oxford University Press

The chapter sketches the history of concepts of stateness in political science and transition studies from Dankwart Rustow to the seminal works of Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan. After discussing conceptual and typological aspects, the text deals with pertinent cases where stateness played a decisive role in post-socialist transition, in particular on the territory of the successor states of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Different types of countries have evolved: states that had been dissolved in the 1940s like the Baltic states, cases with weak state traditions like Moldova or Montenegro, countries that look back to a long tradition as a cultural nation like Georgia, and the previously dominating titular nations like Russia or Serbia. Because of these different configurations, problems of stateness arise in different forms during transition.

Keywords:   culture, democracy, ethnicity, nation, Russia, sovereignty, state, Yugoslavia

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