Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation

Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation

by David Lane
     
 

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Taking stock of the first decade of the transformation in the former Soviet bloc, this timely book explores the legacies of state socialism and attempts by once-communist countries to move toward a democratic, market-oriented system. Leading international scholars consider the ways traditions interact with other factors—both domestic and foreign—to

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Taking stock of the first decade of the transformation in the former Soviet bloc, this timely book explores the legacies of state socialism and attempts by once-communist countries to move toward a democratic, market-oriented system. Leading international scholars consider the ways traditions interact with other factors—both domestic and foreign—to influence the course of social, political, and economic change. The contributors assess the imprint of state socialism, both positive and negative, on the shape of these new societies. By analyzing the political cultures of previously socialist societies, particularly Russia, the book provides an important context for understanding the actions of political and economic actors who are introducing change from above as they work to create new societies. With its blend of theory and case studies and its clear narrative, this book will be a valuable text for students of transition, Russian politics, and the transformation of Eastern Europe.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Political and Military Sociology
If you are looking for a resource to guide you through economic and social transformations in the post-Soviet years, this might just be the book for you.
The Russian Review
A distinguished book. Not only do the contributors further develop important conceptualizations about transitions from authoritarianism and postauthoritarian restructuring, but [they] also highlight important quandaries. The Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation should be of interest not just to specialists on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, but to those interested in democratization more generally, too.
Booknews
Highlighting the transformation of the Soviet Union with comparisons to the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, 12 contributions presented by Lane (social and political sciences, U. of Cambridge, UK) take stock of political change and the transformation of certain social groups. Specific topics include the role of Russian federalism in democratization, the relationship between elites and institutions in the changing economy, political legacies of the socialist welfare state, the role of the cooperatives, the adaptation of the military- industrial complex, the changing position of women, the continuing tensions between nationalities, and the status of the working class in postcommunist Russia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742517936
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

David Lane is senior research associate, faculty of social and political sciences, University of Cambridge.

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