First the Transition, then the Crash

First the Transition, then the Crash : Eastern Europe in the 2000s

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The 1989-91 upheavals in Eastern Europe sparked a turbulent process of social and economic transition. Two decades on, with the global economic crisis of 2008-10, a new phase has begun. This book explores the scale and trajectory of the crisis through case studies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia. The contributors focus upon the relationships between geopolitics, the world economy and class restructuring. The book covers the changing relationship between business and states; foreign capital flows; financialisation and asset price bubbles; austerity and privatisation; and societal responses, in the form of reactionary populism and progressive social movements. Challenging neoliberal interpretations that envisage the transition as a process of unfolding liberty, the dialectic charted in these pages reveals uneven development, attenuated freedoms and social polarisation.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 134.62 x 218.44 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 6 Figures
  • 0745331165
  • 9780745331164

About Dr. Gareth Dale

Gareth Dale is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Brunel University, England. His previous books include First the Transition, then the Crash (Pluto, 2011) and Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market (Polity, 2010).show more

Table of contents

1 Introduction: The Transition in Central and Eastern Europe Gareth Dale 2 Marx on 1989 G. M. Tamas Part One Russia: class and power in the age of Putin 3 Workers in Modern Russia Mike Haynes 4 Russia's Foreign Policy from Putin to Medvedev Gonzalo Pozo 5 Autocratic Neoliberalism and Beyond: Russia's Caesarist Journey into the Global Political Economy Owen Worth Part Two From the Baltic to the Balkans: market reform and economic crisis 6 Twenty Years Lost: Latvia's Failed Development in the Post-Soviet World Jeff Sommers and Ja-nis Berzins 7 The Ukrainian Economy and the International Financial Crisis Marko Bojcun 8 Poland and the Global Political Economy: From Neoliberalism to Populism (and Back Again) Stuart Shields 9 The Czech Republic: Neoliberal Reform and Economic Crisis Ilona Svihlikova 10 From Poster Boy of Neoliberal Transformation to Basket Case: Hungary and the Global Economic Crisis Adam Fabry vi FIRST THE TRANSITION, THEN THE CRASH 11 Serbia from the October 2000 Revolution to the Crash Martin Upchurch and Darko Marinkovic 12 Conclusion: The 'Crash' in Central and Eastern Europe Gareth Dale and Jane Hardy Notes on Contributors Indexshow more

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Central and Eastern Europe is a neoliberal horror story. The details are well told here: of 'grabitization' kleptocracies, NATO expansion and capital flight. These well-packaged studies show how U.S.-sponsored 'reforms' de-industrialized Russia and other post-Soviet states. ... This story needs to be known.' -- Michael Hudson Radical political economy finally comes resurgent in the former communist countries. Dale and his collaborators comprehensively cover the transitions, from Hungary to the Russian Pacific. The best alternative survey of how the post-communist entrants are faring in 21st-century capitalism. -- Georgi Derluguian, author of Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-Systems Biography This book provides a vital corrective to neoliberal triumphalism, and a starting-point for socialist renewal. -- Hugo Radice, University of Leeds A very valuable contribution to a growing literature on the post-Communist transition. -- Dr Carl Levy, Reader in European Politics, Goldsmiths, University of Londonshow more

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