Lustration and Post-Communist Closure in Central Eastern Europe
35 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010
Date Written: July 7, 2010
This paper discusses the various dimensions of Central Eastern Europe closure with the communist past, and then assesses the impact of transitional justice measures in the closure with communism. Special attention is paid to the so called “lustration”, which in the view of the author performs important functions in transitions to democratic regimes, related to the reconstruction of a moral and rational community, and to the closure with the communist past. The chapter shows that the failures and controversies surrounding “lustration” were due to its radical potential of reconstruction of a moral-rational democratic community, and also to specific socio-political factors of the post-communist CEE. What specific features of CEE post-communist transitions and of lustration conducted to the recurrence of debates related to the communist past is a question that has not been addressed heretofore, despite a fairly well-developed literature on post-communist administrative justice.
Keywords: transitional justice, post communism, administrative justice
JEL Classification: P3
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