Cabinets in Eastern Europe is a comprehensive study which enables the reader to compare the origins, structure, composition and activities of these cabinets and to draw lessons from this comparison. Each chapter begins with a survey of the evolution of cabinets since the fall of communism at the beginning of the 1990s. The emphasis is then laid on the place of the cabinet in the constitution and on the role of presidents and prime ministers in the formation of the life of each cabinet. At a time when most Eastern European countries are candidates for membership in the European Union, this volume provides a unique comparative presentation of the way in which cabinets have been evolving in Eastern Europe since the end of communism. JEAN BLONDEL is External Professor of Political Science at the European University Institute in Florence and Visiting Professor at the University of Siena. His publications include Voters, Parties and Leaders, Comparative Government, Comparative Legislatures, Political Parties and is co-editor with Ferdinand Müller-Rommel of Governing Together and Political Leadership.FERDINAND MÜLLER-ROMMEL is Chairman, Department of Social Sciences at the University of Düsseldorf. He is author of New Politics in Western Europe, and co-editor with Jean Blondel of Governing Together and Political Leadership.