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Theorizing Transition : The Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformations - John Pickles

Theorizing Transition

The Political Economy of Post-Communist Transformations

By: John Pickles (Editor), Adrian Smith (Editor)

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Published: 9th April 1998
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Theorizing Transition provides a comprehensive examination of the development of the economic, political, social and cultural transformations in post-Communist Europe and offers an important critique of transition theory and policy. The authors create the basis of a theoretical understanding of transition in terms of a political economy of capitalist development. The diversity of forms and complexities of transition are examined through a wide range of examples from post-Soviet countries and comparative studies from countries such as Vietnam and China. Theorizing Transition challenges many of the comfortable assumptions unleashed by the euphoria of democratisation and the triumphalism of market capitalism in the first flush of 'post-Glasnost' openess, showing transition to be much more complex than mainstream theory suggests.

"The collection of articles in the book presents us with new intellectual perspectives on transition, including 'political economy, feminism, evolutionary economics, and new cultural theory...Indeed, the editors have assembled a fascinating collection of theoretical frameworks and original case studies that not only depart from, but challenge, neoliberal analyses of transition. Combined in one volume, they are a fantastic resource and a great achievement." --Marianna Pavlovskaya "Economic Geograpy

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: theorising transition and the political economy of transformationp. 1
Regulating and institutionalising capitalisms: the micro-foundations of transformation in Eastern and Central Europep. 25
Organising diversity: evolutionary theory, network analysis and post-socialismp. 54
Differential development, institutions, modes of regulation and comparative transitions to capitalism: Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the former German Democratic Republicp. 76
Institutions, social networks and ethnicity in the cultures of transition: industrial change, mass unemployment and regional transformation in Bulgariap. 115
Economic restructuring and regional change in Russiap. 147
Restructuring state enterprises: industrial geography and Eastern European transitionsp. 172
Theorising trade unions in transitionp. 197
Privatisation and the regional restructuring of coal mining in the Czech Republic after the collapse of state socialismp. 218
Path dependence in Bulgarian agriculturep. 243
Defending class interests: Polish peasants in the first years of transformationp. 262
Rurality and the construction of nation in Estoniap. 284
'The political' and its meaning for women: transition politics in Polandp. 309
Imagined and imagining equality in East Central Europe: gender and ethnic differences in the economic transformation of Bulgariap. 330
Democratisation and the politics of water in Bulgaria: local protest and the 1994-5 Sofia water crisisp. 347
Social exclusion and the Roma in transitionp. 373
Denationalisation of the Mauritanian statep. 389
'Sex and violence on the wild frontiers': the aftermath of state socialism in the peripheryp. 408
Economic transformation in China: property regimes and social relationsp. 428
Recombinant capitalism: state, de-collectivisation and the agrarian question in Vietnamp. 450
Indexp. 506
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ISBN: 9780415162678
ISBN-10: 041516267X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 9th April 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.16
Edition Number: 1