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Tendencies Towards Authoritarianism:
A Comparative Analysis of Russia and Bulgaria

Georgi DIMITROV,
Petia KABAKCHIEVA, Jeko KIJOSSEV

(Sofia, Bulgaria - June 1996)


Contents

GoIntroduction

GoI. Theoretical and Methodological Background

    Go1. Theoretical premises
    Go2. Defining the Problem of Postcommunist Transition

GoII. Specificity of the Bulgarian Authoritarian Tradition

GoIII. Prerequisites for the Collapse of the Communist Regimes

    Go1. The crisis of the communist bloc
    Go2. Perestroika as impasse
    Go3. Still, was August 1991 inevitable?

GoIV. The Bulgarian Transition

    Go1. Was there strong civil society in Bulgaria?
    Go2. Constitution of the leading political actors. The new political language
    Go3. Possible outcomes of the struggle between the elites: main resources of power
    Go4. The present situation

GoV. Claims and Potential of the Political Alternatives of Transition

    Go1. The spectrum of political options in Bulgaria
    Go2. Similarities and differences between the political situations in Russia and Bulgaria

GoConclusion

    Go1. The significance of national historical tradition as a basis of legitimacy of authoritarian rule
    Go2. The significance of postcommunist legacy
    Go3. The Russian roulette
    Go4. The Bulgarian folk dance

GoBibliography


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