Dilemmas of Transition: The Hungarian Experience

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Exploring the controversies and problems surrounding post-communist transitions, this innovative volume brings together a distinguished group of political scientists, economists, historians, and sociologists. Within a strong theoretical framework, the book moves between general issues of transitology and specific analyses. Hungary, a state that has weathered political and economic transition more successfully than most, is used as the volume's case study for illuminating both comparative and regional issues. By ...
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Overview

Exploring the controversies and problems surrounding post-communist transitions, this innovative volume brings together a distinguished group of political scientists, economists, historians, and sociologists. Within a strong theoretical framework, the book moves between general issues of transitology and specific analyses. Hungary, a state that has weathered political and economic transition more successfully than most, is used as the volume's case study for illuminating both comparative and regional issues. By bridging the divide between area studies and comparative politics, this book will be a key resource for advanced students and for scholars in East-European/post-communist studies, comparative politics, and international relations.

Author Biography: Aurel Braun is professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto. Zoltan Barany is associate professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Economists will appreciate the careful assessments of postcommunist economic transformation in Hungary , and in Central Europe in general.
— H. D. Renning
Choice
Economists will appreciate the careful assessments of postcommunist economic transformation in Hungary , and in Central Europe in general.
— H. D. Renning, California State University
Michael Mandelbaum
The transition of the former communist countries to democracy and free markets is the great event of our time. This volume provides a detailed and authoritative picture, and a balanced assessment, of one of those countries, illuminating the problems common to them all.
Janos Kornai
This insightful and well-balanced volume contains an excellent blend: chapters dealing with the wide-ranging common problems of all post-socialist countries and others focusing on the specific characteristics of the Hungarian transition. It will become an indispensable handbook for students of recent Hungarian history, and at the same time it will be used by researchers and teachers of post-socialist transition as a source of inspiring thoughts and valuable information.
János Kornai
This insightful and well-balanced volume contains an excellent blend: chapters dealing with the wide-ranging common problems of all post-socialist countries and others focusing on the specific characteristics of the Hungarian transition. It will become an indispensable handbook for students of recent Hungarian history, and at the same time it will be used by researchers and teachers of post-socialist transition as a source of inspiring thoughts and valuable information.
János Kornai
This insightful and well-balanced volume contains an excellent blend: chapters dealing with the wide-ranging common problems of all post-socialist countries and others focusing on the specific characteristics of the Hungarian transition. It will become an indispensable handbook for students of recent Hungarian history, and at the same time it will be used by researchers and teachers of post-socialist transition as a source of inspiring thoughts and valuable information.
Michael Mandelbaum
The transition of the former communist countries to democracy and free markets is the great event of our time. This volume provides a detailed and authoritative picture, and a balanced assessment, of one of those countries, illuminating the problems common to them all.
CHOICE - H. D. Renning
Economists will appreciate the careful assessments of postcommunist economic transformation in Hungary , and in Central Europe in general.
Peter F. Sugar
Dilemmas of Transition, written by a group of well-known experts and dealing with the various theoretical and practical aspects of the transition process in Hungary, is well-organized, more detailed and more comprehensive than previous efforts have been and deserves close attention.
Slavic Review
Many of the contributors on Hungary are excellent. Dilemmas of Transition will be of great use to anyone seeking a wide-ranging discussion of Hungary since 1989.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847690046
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition number: 360
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Aurel Braun is professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto. Zoltan Barany is associate professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Continuing Dilemmas of Transition 1
Pt. 1 Transition
2 Rethinking Transitology 31
3 Transitions and Elites 47
4 Post-Communist Economic Transformation 69
Pt. 2 Hungary's Post-Communist Transition
5 The Regional Perspective 91
6 Political Transition and Social Transformation 113
7 The Foundations of Post-Socialist Legitimacy 131
Pt. 3 Marketization and Social Change in Hungary
8 Economic Transformation, 1990-1998 157
9 Privatization Policies 203
10 Civil Society, Transition, and Consolidation of Democracy 225
Pt. 4 Hungary's International Relations and Security
11 European Integration 253
12 The Russian Factor 273
13 Regional Security and Ethnic Minorities 301
14 The Unfolding Transition and Consolidation 323
Index 337
About the Contributors 349
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