This is an appraisal of the transformation that has taken place in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The book addresses two central issues: how has the state socialist system of party monopoly and central planning dissolved? And how are these societies recreating a communist antithesis - civil society and free markets? The contributors attribute the collapse of state socialism to ideological erosion, combined with economic deterioration resulting from improperly defined property rights.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Regional political economy: mind and body - ideology and economy in the collapse of communism, Leszek Kolakowski; two-tiered Stalinism - self-destruction of the system, Valerie Bunce; political economy of the East European Soviet trade - rethinking the past and searching for the future, Josef C.Brada. Part 2 Reconstruction of markets: property rights perspective on changes in Eastern European and Soviet economies, K.Poznanski; ownership forms and co-ordination mechanisms - reformed socialism and normative implications, Janos Kornai; divestment of state capital in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, Jozef van Brabant. Part 3 Dilemmas of democratization - the reconstruction of citizenship - reverse implication in Eastern Europe, George Kolankiewicz; from social idea to real world - clash between new possibilities and old habits, Mira Marody; main paradoxes of the democratic change in Eastern Europe, Jadwiga Staniszkis; epilogue - markets and states in the transformation of East European and Soviet societies, K. Poznanski.
Kazimierz Z. Poznanski