Building Democratic Institutions in a Young Democracy: The Case of Bulgaria

During the past quarter century, countries not just in Central and Eastern Europe but in many parts of the world, have made the transition from authoritarian, centralized regimes to more democratic and open ones. In some cases, these transitions have appeared to be reasonably easy ones. In other cases, they have been much more complicated and characterized by varying degrees of political instability, corruption and popular protest. Bulgaria, by most accounts, falls into the latter category and thus looking at the “Case of Bulgaria” provides a useful opportunity, not just to learn about that country, but about these processes more generally.

This session, hosted on March 2, 2015, was presented by Dr. Georgi Bliznashki, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria (served recently in 2014) and former member of the European Parliament and, more recently, the Bulgarian parliament. He is a law professor specializing in constitutional law, who has written several landmark books on the Bulgarian constitution, history and legal system. Dr. Polya Katsamunska was also one of the presenters. She is one of the most prominent scholars of public administration in Bulgaria, who has written extensively on good governance and public administration in that country. She is a member of the Commission on the International Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs.