Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


International Studies

Committee Director

Simon Serfaty

Committee Member

David Earnest

Committee Member

Austin Jersild


This study seeks to determine the impetus behind varying levels of post-communist democratization in central and eastern Europe. It explores the different theories of democratization. The work takes a regional approach to examining the states. This approach isolates less traditional factors that contribute to democratic quality: history, culture and geography. Qualitative studies of each help explain why the countries of the region have such a varying level of rights and freedoms.