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Title The meaning of liberalism - East and West / edited by Jiří Musil and Zdenĕk Suda.

Published Budapest : Central European University Press ; Plymouth : Plymbridge, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.51094 MEAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 280 pages ; 23 cm
Contents By Way of Introduction / Zdenek Suda 1 -- Contemporary State of Liberal Theory -- Citizenship and Moral Individuality / Catherine Audard 29 -- Liberal Values, Liberal Guilt, and the Distaste for Politics / John Crowley 47 -- Liberalism, Value, and Social Cohesion / Robert Grant 73 -- Value of Liberalism / Sandra Pralong 85 -- Communitarianism in Practice: The Threat to Individual Rights from the Institutionalist Interpretation of the German Basic Law / Thomas Scheffer 105 -- Liberalism in the West -- Limits and the Crisis of Liberal Polities / Marion Grafin Donhoff 119 -- Social and Cultural Problems in Contemporary Europe: On Recent Challenges to Liberal Ideas / Karl Acham 123 -- Two Dilemmas of Liberalism: Historical Exhaustion and Internal Division in a World of Globalization / Michel Girard 139 -- German Difficulties with Liberalism. A Historical Outline / Bedrich Lowenstein 151 -- Liberalism in the East -- Burdens of the Past / Jiri Musil 167 -- Liberalism in Central Europe after 1989 / Zdenek Suda 197 -- Can Weak-State Liberalism Survive? / Stephen Holmes 209 -- Neo-Liberalism, Post-Communist Transformation, and Civil Society / Ilja Srubar 223 -- Constitutional Transformation in Post-Communist Central Europe: A Liberal Revolution? / Allison Stanger 235 -- Law, Tradition and Liberalism in Practice: Quo Vadis, East Central Europe? / Svetozar Pejovich 249.
Summary The Meaning of Liberalism provides a new perspective on the continuing debate about how liberalism should be defined and what it means in countries with an established parliamentary system, particularly in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe.
The key question this book addresses is: will the specific experience of communism and its aftermath give birth to a new distinct current of liberal thought, or will it simply enlarge the scope of the Western liberal debate? The authors argue that liberalism cannot be reduced merely to private property and free prices, but needs a very complex set of institutions and corresponding law.
The book is unique since the contributors come from both sides of the former Iron Curtain. They highlight the richness and diversity of liberalism and discuss different perceptions of liberal thinking in the East and West in the post-modern world.
Other author Musil, Jiří, 1928-
Suda, Zdeněk.
Subject Liberalism -- Europe, Central.
Liberalism -- Europe, Eastern.
ISBN 963911653X £31.95
9639116548 (paperback) £13.95