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Democratic and Capitalist Transitions in Eastern Europe : Lessons for the Social Sciences - M. Dobry

Democratic and Capitalist Transitions in Eastern Europe

Lessons for the Social Sciences

By: M. Dobry (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th June 2000
ISBN: 9780792363316
Number Of Pages: 277

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This book provides an authoritative assessment of the `transitions' or `transformations' currently under way in Central and Eastern Europe. In order to explore this abundant set of diverse and complex processes, it has adopted a particular perspective, which consists of examining the historical specificity of these processes - particularly the simultaneity of political and economic transitions - and, at the same time, how the social sciences have approached and interpreted them and how, in return, they have undergone the impact of these processes. The book offers, on the one hand a number of new substantial insights into these transformations, in particular on the questions of what `democratic consolidations' actually consist of, as well as the political economy, in a strict sense, of these transitions, focusing on the precise characterization of the market economies which have emerged from these processes. On the other hand, it also constitutes an in-depth critical appraisal, unequalled so far, of the methodological principles, models of explanation, and fallacies, of the main approaches or paradigms competing within this research field, especially the `strategic' approach of the classical transitology, and the path dependence approach, with its more avant-garde flavor. Thus, the analyses and discussions presented in this collection of essays exceed widely the empirical fields of East European transformations, and of transitology on the whole; as a result this innovating book should usefully contribute to destabilizing routine ways of thinking of social scientists and students far beyond the communities of specialists in these questions.
Audience: This book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students in the field of political science, sociology, economics, history, political geography, international affairs, and European and Eastern European studies. In addition specialists, professionals and civil servants of international organizations and public administrators interested in aspects of the economic development, economic aid, and enlargement of the European Union may find this volume invaluable.

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: When Transitology Meets Simultaneous Transitionsp. 1
Transitology: the Impact of Eastern European Transformationsp. 17
Rival Views of Postcommunist Market Society. The Path Dependence of Transitologyp. 19
Paths, Choices, Outcomes, and Uncertainty. Elements for a Critique of Transitological Reasonp. 49
The Place of Place in Transitions to Democracyp. 71
Anticipated Institutions: the Power of Path-finding Expectationsp. 91
Elites, Political Games, and the Consolidation of Democracyp. 107
Elite Power Games and Democratic Politics in Central and Eastern Europep. 109
From Transition to Consolidation. Extending the Concept of Democratization and the Practice of Democracyp. 131
Constitutions and "Good Democracy" in Eastern Europep. 147
The Political Economy of Simultaneous Transitionsp. 179
The Transformation of State Socialism in Russia: from "Chaotic" Economy to State-led Cooperative Capitalismp. 181
Constituting Markets: the Case of Russia and the Czech Republicp. 197
National Trajectories of Post-socialist Transformation: Is There a Convergence Towards Western Capitalisms?p. 221
Internationalisation: An Issue Neglected in the Path-Dependency Approach to Post-Communist Transformationp. 235
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780792363316
ISBN-10: 0792363310
Series: Geojournal Library
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 30th June 2000
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.59

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