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Lecture Notes 1.15.08 - POL103Y1 Notes Post-Communism...

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POL103Y1 Notes 1/15/08 Post-Communism: Between Democracy and Dictatorship TUTORIAL TODAY IN UC44 Initial Similarity and Different Outcomes -28 Countries start with communist governments, economies, etc. and all have the same problems; each ends in a different place (liberal democracies to tyrrany (Turkmenistan’s Father of Turkmen) -How do these tangents come to be? 1) Question the premise, say that in reality the regions were very different. This is partially true (different economic situations), but the level of uniformity was remarkable throughout. 2) -3 Different types of order exist by the mid-90s: -Democracies: Countries had regime types similar to those of western Europe, Canada, and the United States (right to assembly, free and fair elections, freedom of speech, etc). Democracies are raucous (rowdy does not translate into corruption) and contentious -Autocracy: Either little movement away or movement away and back towards a more socialist state. This can mean “managed” elections, etc., but does not imply dissatisfaction or distrust within the government. No elections, very little freedom of
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