This selection of studies discusses potentials and barriers to social and industrial change in Central and Eastern Europe. It is argued that levers of change in today's international setting primarily must be found within the countries themselves. The main themes addressed in the book are firstly the formation of new social classes and institutions regulating social and economic life. Secondly the reshaping of intra-firm as well as inter-firm relations and thirdly links between firms and public authorities including R&D institutions.
Table of ContentsList of Tables, Figures and Charts - Preface - Abbreviations - Map - Notes on the Contributors - PART 1: GENERAL PART - Introduction - People and Technology in the Process of Transition; A.Lorentzen & M.Rostgaard - Transition and Transplantation of Economic Systems; H.Aage - PART 2: SOCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE - Introduction; A.Lorentzen & M.Rostgaard - Social Consequences of Socio-political Transformation in Russia: The Process of Social Stratification; T.Savelieva - Characteristics of Privatisation in Hungary and Some of Its Social Effects; T.Laky - Entrepreneurial Inclinations in Hungary, 1988-93; G.Lengyel - Changes in Work Organisation and Labour Relations in Hungary after 1989; M.Rostgaard - Labour Market Aspects of Transition in Eastern Europe (A Comparison between Five Countries); K.Foti - The Birth Decline in East Germany. A First Analysis; J.Fleishhacker - PART 3: TECHNOLOGICAL CAPACITIES IN TRANSITION - Introduction; A.Lorentzen & M.Rostgaard - Technological Development in a Period of Systemic Transformation: Polish Experience; J.Monkievicz - Technological Change in Hungarian Industry: is there a way?; A.Lorentzen - Restructuring Precision Engineering Industry in Hungary; A.Havas - Information and Power: Communist and Post-communist Experience; A.Krasteva - Scientific and Technological Potential of Ukraine during the Transition Period; L.Kavunenko & B.Malitsky - Central European Countries' Transformation and Their Integration with the EC Foreign Trade and Foreign Direct Investment; Z.Wysokinska - Final Remarks - Bibliography - Index