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Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies : Rebuilding the Ship at Sea - Jon Elster

Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies

Rebuilding the Ship at Sea

Hardcover Published: 13th March 1998
ISBN: 9780521473866
Number Of Pages: 364

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The authors of this book have developed a new and stimulating approach to the analysis of the transitions of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia to democracy and a market economy. They integrate interdisciplinary theoretical work with elaborate empirical data on some of the most challenging events of the twentieth century. Three groups of phenomena and their causal interconnection are explored: the material legacies, constraints, habits and cognitive frameworks inherited from the past; the erratic configuration of new actors, and new spaces for action; and a new institutional order under which agency is institutionalized and the sustainability of institutions is achieved. The book studies the interrelations of national identities, economic interests, and political institutions with the transformation process, concentrating on issues of constitution making, democratic infrastructure, the market economy, and social policy.

"New, interesting material." Comparative Politics "...a praiseworthy effort...Graduate level and above." Choice "...the substantive chapters are well crafted, detailed, and informative about such matters as the writing of constitutions, the working of electoral systems, the privatization of the economy, and the restructuring of the welfare states." Andrew C. Janos, Slavic Review

Introduction: agenda, agency, and aims of Central East European transitions
Mapping Eastern Europe
Constitutional politics in Eastern Europe
Building and consolidating democracies
Building capitalism in Eastern Europe
Social policy transformation
Consolidation and the cleavages of ideology and identity
Conclusion: the unfinished project
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ISBN: 9780521473866
ISBN-10: 0521473861
Series: Theories of Institutional Design
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 13th March 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.7