Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies: Rebuilding the Ship at Sea

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This book examines the problems and issues facing formerly communist states as they seek to develop a new democratic political order and a market economy. Studies of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia provide detailed empirical data concerning constitution making, the shaping of democratic institutions, marketization of the economy, and social policy. This new research is then linked to innovative theoretical material to offer a unique assessment of the difficulties of creating a new political order in the region.
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"...the substantive chapters are well crafted, detailed, and informative about such matters as the writing of constitutions, the working of electoral systems, the privatization of the economy, and the restructuring of the welfare states." Andrew C. Janos, Slavic Review

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: agenda, agency, and aims of Central East European transitions; 2. Mapping Eastern Europe; 3. Constitutional politics in Eastern Europe; 4. Building and consolidating democracies; 5. Building capitalism in Eastern Europe; 6. Social policy transformation; 7. Consolidation and the cleavages of ideology and identity; 8. Conclusion: the unfinished project.
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