Revolution, democratic transition and disillusionment

The case of Romania

By Anca Pusca

Revolution, democratic transition and disillusionment

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9001-1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: August 2013
  • BIC Category: Economics, finance, business & management / Trade unions, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Romania, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy, Trade unions, Comparative politics, Politics
  • Series: Perspectives on Democratic Practice


This book, available at last in paperback, develops a fresh and challenging perspective on the transition from communism to capitalism. Drawing on a wide and diverse range of material and texts, it argues that transition and democratisation studies should turn their attention towards processes of illusion formation and disillusionment as key to understanding the shift from one ideological framework to another. The author provides alternative approaches to otherwise classical sites of examination of social change - such as revolutions and the emergence of civil society - and proposes a number of new possible sites by analysing the politics of self-reflection, the element of shock inherent in any transition and the role of visual narratives in negotiating change.

The chapters are inspired by unique interviews and discussions with the leaders of the Timisoara Revolution, the Group of Social Dialogue - the first civil society organisation in post-communist Romania, the leading author of the 'Presidential Report Analysing the Communist Dictatorship in Romania' - and an innovative group of photographers tracing the Romanian transition through images.


List of illustrations
1. Introduction
2. Between the past and the future: Romania, seventeen years into its transition
3. An anatomy of disillusionment
4. Shock and transitions
5. The illusions and disillusions of the Romanian revolution: the case of the Timisoara revolutionaries
6. The illusions and disillusions of civil society: the case of the Group for Social Dialogue
7. Representing illusions and disillusions: a visual narrative of the Romanian transition to capitalism
8. Conclusion


Anca M. Pusca is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Political Science and International Studies Department at the University of Birmingham

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