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date: 10 December 2019

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This article examines the history of civil society in post-communist regions in Europe. A closer look at the regions shows that shortly after the revolutionary moment had passed, people left the streets and their civic organizations, leaving their societies largely passive and depoliticized. This article shows the social legacies of communism have adapted and persisted, and how they may even have been reinforced by post-communist developments and experiences. It evaluates the implications of the weakness of post-communist civil society for democracy in the region and argues that while the weakness of civil society certainly does not portend democracy's demise, it does suggest that post-communist democracy will remain unsettled and somewhat troubled in the foreseeable future.

Keywords: civil society, post-communist Europe, revolutionary moment, civic organizations, communism, democracy

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