Postsocialist Pathways

Postsocialist Pathways : Transforming Politics and Property in East Central Europe

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Can property regimes be successfully transformed while simultaneously extending citizenship rights to the property-less? This is the postsocialist challenge analyzed in this comparative study of the new democracies of a distinctly East European capitalism. Tracing the diverse pathways from the collapse of communism, a leading American economic sociologist and a pioneering Hungarian political scientist examine the innovative character, born of necessity, of postsocialist institutions in which actors are recombining economic assets and redefining political resources. Under conditions of extraordinary uncertainty, networks of enterprises become the units of economic restructuring, blurring the boundaries of public and private and yielding distinctive patterns of interorganizational ownership. In contrast to calls to liberate the market or to liberate the state, this sustained comparative analysis demonstrates the benefits of deliberative institutions that are neither market friendly nor hierarchical. By extending accountability, actors bound through associative ties make agreements that extend the authority to carry out reforms.show more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 b/w illus.
  • 1139174835
  • 9781139174831

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' ... this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of post-socialist political and economic transformation.' Political Studiesshow more

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Part I. Extrication: 1. Remaking the political field: strategic interactions and contingent choices; Part II. Transformations: 2. The privatization debate: from plan to market or from plan to clan?; 3. Path dependence and privatization strategies; Part III. Deliberative Association: 4. Markets, states, and deliberative associations; 5. Restructuring networks in East European capitalism; 6. Enabling constraints: institutional sources of policy coherence; 7. Extended accountability; Bibliography.show more

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