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The Meaning of Liberalism
East and West

Edited by Jirí Musil, Charles University, Prague, the Central European University, Budapest and Director of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Zdenek Suda, University of Pittsburgh.

"The book is a valuable publication. a great help for the on-going discussion on the transformation of Eastern societies."
- Bernhard Schaffers, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

"...liberals and non-liberals alike - whether from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, or Mars - have much to learn from this fascinating book." - Millenium

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 market prices, but needs a very complex set of institutions and corresponding law.

Contributors come from both sides of the former Iron Curtain and 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.



Foreword. Introduction. Part 1. Contemporary State of Liberal Theory: Citizenship & moral individuality, Liberal values, Liberal guilt & the disaster for politics, Liberalism, value & social cohesion, Value of liberalism Part 2. Liberalism in the West: Limits & the crisis of liberal politics, Social & cultural problems in contemporary Europe, Two dilemmas of liberalism, Above all we must protect the civil roof, German difficulties with liberalism Part 3. Liberalism in the East: Can weak-state liberalism survive?, Neoliberalism, post-communist transformation & civil society, Law, traditionalism & liberalism in practice, Constitutional transformation in post-communist Central Europe Part 4. Difficult Fate of Liberalism in Eastern & Central Europe: Burdens of the past, Liberalism in Central Europe after 1989

280 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-53-5 cloth $49.95 / €42.95 / £33.00
ISBN 978-963-9116-54-2 paperback $22.95 / €19.95 / £15.99