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dc.contributor.authorROSSI, Federico Matías
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-04T10:14:24Z
dc.date.available2013-03-04T10:14:24Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/26183
dc.description.abstractThe transition to democracy in Bulgaria is commonly defined as a coup d'état carried out by the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) elites against the long-standing dictator Todor Zhivkov. The Bulgarian transition to democracy was a direct by-product of the economic and political collapse of the USSR. No contentious events had any important impact on the democratization process. In brief, Bulgaria was the USSR's closest ally, acting as a satellite state. The collapse of the USSR (signaled by the fall of the Berlin Wall) implied the end of Bulgarian communism. No other way out was possible at that point in time. The transition was peaceful and elite-led due to the 'positive' examples of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, as well as the wish to avoid entering into a cycle of violence similar to that suffered in Romania.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research project 'Mobilizing for Democracy: Democratization Processes and the Mobilization of Civil Society' is funded by European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. (Grant Agreeement no: 269136.)
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dc.language.isoen
dc.relationinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/269136
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI SPS
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCOSMOS
dc.relation.ispartofseries2012/10
dc.relation.urihttp://www.eui.eu/Projects/cosmos/Home.aspx
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectdemocratization
dc.subjectpost-communism
dc.subjectethnic conflicts
dc.subjectenvironmental movements
dc.subjectcoup d'état
dc.subjectBulgaria
dc.titleThe Elite Coup: The transition to democracy in Bulgaria
dc.typeWorking Paper
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