Making Capitalism Without Capitalists: Class Formation and Elite Struggles in Post-Communist Central Europe

Making Capitalism Without Capitalists: Class Formation and Elite Struggles in Post-Communist Central Europe

by Gil Eyal, Ivan Szelenyi, Eleanor R. Townsley
     
 

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Making Capitalism without Capitalists offers a new theory of the transition to capitalism. By telling the story of how capitalism is being built without capitalists in post-communist Central Europe it guides us towards a deeper understanding of the origins of modern capitalism.

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Making Capitalism without Capitalists offers a new theory of the transition to capitalism. By telling the story of how capitalism is being built without capitalists in post-communist Central Europe it guides us towards a deeper understanding of the origins of modern capitalism.

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“This is a pioneering study by three American sociologists of the transition from state socialism to capitalism in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.”—Tribune

“Identifies the distinctive features of capitalism as constructed by former Communist Party technocrats and dissident intellectuals on the ruins of a socialist system.”—Journal of Higher Education

Gil Eyal, Ivan Szelenyi, Eleanor Townsley effectively collaborate in Making Capitalism Without Capitalists: The New Ruling Elites In Eastern Europe to offer a new and compelling theory regarding the transition to capitalism from previously communist/socialist economic systems. Of special note is the two-fold origin of those taking responsibility for the construction of capitalism: former Communist technocrats, and former dissident intellectuals. Making Capitalism Without Capitalists is informative, insightful, occasionally iconoclastic reading highly recommended for students of economics and contemporary Eastern European international studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859843123
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/15/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Gil Eyal is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Ivan Szelenyi is Professor of Sociology at UCLA.

Eleanor Townsley is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Holyoke College.

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