Simeon Mitropolitski – Bounded generalizations revisited: is the post-communist area a world apart?
Abstract: Since 2000, research has confirmed the main premise of Valerie Bunce (Bunce, 2000) that post-communist countries do not simply follow universal trends. They may also offer bounded tendencies. These latter trends equally apply to the key features and stages of political transitions and to elements of political systems, such as the levels of social capital and the dynamics of new radical right parties. In this paper, I will first summarize the current research since Bunce’s work from the point of view of the division between big and bounded generalizations. Second, I will discuss the findings through the lenses of the paradigmatic debate within political science. Finally, I will offer an interpretative understanding of the big and bounded generalizations as a result of the authors’ cultural background. Key words: Post-Communism, political transition, Valerie Bunce
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