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In any case, it was not a case of mere misunderstanding. What makes the postcommunist reforms legitimate? What is the basis for the authorities elected in the first free pluralist elections to expect consent, or at least a quiet endurance of policies that substantially alter not only the constitution of the state and its economic system but also affect the economic and social security of every individual in the society? On the one hand – that is, the promise of democracy and the rule of law – the subjects are transformed into citizens who acquire the right to participate in political life, publicly state their interests, connect with others, influence the forming of political will, and co-decide in elections whether to keep or remove those in power.

Darwisha, B. , The Consolidation of Democracy in East-Central Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), p. 40 Srd¯an Dvornik Actors without Society Apart from the fact that the model in itself does not deserve an uncritical endorsement, the receptive countries of the postcommunist world did not meet certain essential requirements for its implementation. ” The tacit assumption, however, includes more than that: that the “popular wishes and demands” will be conscious and articulated; that there will be appropriate organizational resources, knowledge, and skills to present them in the public arena and introduce them into the political process; that there will be open channels of public communication, etc.

The tacit assumption, however, includes more than that: that the “popular wishes and demands” will be conscious and articulated; that there will be appropriate organizational resources, knowledge, and skills to present them in the public arena and introduce them into the political process; that there will be open channels of public communication, etc. All these assumptions obviously go far beyond not only the institutional and procedural framework, but also the framework of the overall political system, but that does not make them less relevant as conditions of democracy.

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