From Socialism to Capitalism


Eight essays dealing with socialism, capitalism, democracy and change of system.
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Eight essays dealing with socialism, capitalism, democracy and change of system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789639776166
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     VII
Preface     IX
The Coherence of the Classical System
Introduction     1
The Main Line of Causality     2
The Affinity among Elements of the System     8
The Prototype and the National Variations     11
The Soviet Effect     16
Verification     19
The Viability of the Classical System     21
The Inner Contradictions of Reform Socialism
Introduction     25
Transformation without a Strategy     27
The Evolution of a Private Sector     29
The Persistence of Bureaucracy     34
Alternative Forms of Social Organization     38
The Weakness of "Third Forms"     40
Normative Implications     43
Market Socialism? Socialist Market Economy?
Introduction     47
Interpretation of the Term "Market"     48
Marx's Concept     49
The Walrasian Concept     51
The Leninist Concept     53
The Social Democratic Concept     55
What are the Current Chinese and Vietnamese Interpretations of "Socialism"?     57
The Speed of Transformation
Introduction     61
Ownership Reform and Development of the PrivateSector     64
Macroeconomic Stability     75
Conclusion     79
The Great Transformation of Central Eastern Europe: Success and Disappointment
Introduction     81
In the Context of World History     83
From the Perspective of Everyday Life     105
The Tasks of the Economists' Profession     120
What Does "Change of System" Mean?
Introduction     123
Positive Versus Normative Approach     124
A Positive Approach to the Change of System     125
A Positive Approach to Changing the Political Structure     132
The Reception of Capitalism and Democracy-A Normative Approach     135
"Replacing the Elite" and "Dispensing Justice"-A Normative Approach     137
Concluding Remarks     146
The Transformation of China     147
What Can Countries Embarking on Post-Socialist Transformation Learn from the Experiences So Far?
Introduction     151
Starting Points     153
Some Lessons     161
Concluding Remarks     177
Appendix     180
The System Paradigm
Introduction     183
A System Paradigm, Not a Transformational Paradigm     185
A Brief Intellectual History     186
The Main Attributes of the System Paradigm     190
Post-Socialist Transformation: The Great Challenge     193
Some Other Puzzles     198
Failures of Prediction     201
On the Segregation of the Social Sciences     205
Previous Publications of the Studies in this Volume     209
References     211
Name Index     225
Subject Index     229
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