Lustration laws in action : the motives and evaluation of lustration policy in the Czech Republic and Poland (1989-2001)

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Lustration laws, which discharge the influence of old power structures upon entering democracies, are considered most controversial measure of transitional justice. This article suggests that initial examinations of lustrations have often overlooked the tremendous challenges faced by new democracies. It identifies the motives behind the approval of distinctive lustration law in the Czech Republic and Poland, examines their capacity to meet their objectives, and determines the factors that influence their performance. The comparison of the Czech semi-retributive model with the Polish semi-reconciliatory model suggests the relative success of the former within a few years following its approval. It concludes that a certain lustration model might be significant for democratic consolidation in other transitional countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-439
Number of pages53
JournalLaw and Social Inquiry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


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