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

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This investigation of the post-Communist societies in Eastern Europe since 1989 provides new insights into the functioning of modern capitalism. Whilst classical social theory has devoted considerable attention to the transition from feudalism to capitalism, Making Capitalism Without Capitalists is the first book to consider the transition from socialism to capitalism. Eyal, Szelenyi and Townsley argue that the origins of those in charge of building capitalism will significantly affect the type of system that is ...
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Overview

This investigation of the post-Communist societies in Eastern Europe since 1989 provides new insights into the functioning of modern capitalism. Whilst classical social theory has devoted considerable attention to the transition from feudalism to capitalism, Making Capitalism Without Capitalists is the first book to consider the transition from socialism to capitalism. Eyal, Szelenyi and Townsley argue that the origins of those in charge of building capitalism will significantly affect the type of system that is eventually constructed. For capitalism, they contend, is not a single terminus but a range of destinations. By identifying the unique features of capitalism built on the ruins of socialist economies, this book is a major contribution to understanding and defining these differences.
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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.
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“Identifies the distinctive features of capitalism as constructed by former Communist Party technocrats and dissident intellectuals on the ruins of the socialist system.”—Journal of Higher Education

“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859843123
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Classes and Elites in the Changing Structures of Twentieth-Century Central European Societies 17
2 The Second Bildungsburgertum: Intellectuals in the Transition from Socialism to Capitalism in Central Europe 46
3 The Ideology of the Post-Communist Power Elite 86
4 Post-Communist Managerialism: Theoretical Controversies and Social Struggles Over the Making of the New Propertied Class 113
5 Conclusions: The Contested Terrain of Class Formation in Post-Communist Central Europe 159
App. I Data Sources: Social Stratification in Eastern Europe after 1989 197
App. II The 'Master List' of Elite Populations 209
App. III Data sets created by TARKI 228
Notes 229
Bibliography 250
Index 266
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