1st Edition

East-West Relations and the Future of Eastern Europe Politics and Economics

Edited By Morris Bornstein, Zvi Gitelman, William Zimmerman Copyright 1981
    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    Both domestic and foreign policy considerations led Eastern European nations in the 1970s to involve their economies more deeply with the West. This increased economic interdependence encompassed trade, technology transfer through industrial cooperation, and international credit. These growing links came as a mixed blessing as Western economic problems – inflation, recession, unemployment, energy – began to affect the economic development and political stability in Eastern Europe.

    First published in 1981, East–West Relations and the Future of Eastern Europe examines the implications of these problems for East–West relations and the domestic scene in Eastern Europe. The authors analyze the interaction of economic and political forces at three interlocking levels – international, regional, and national. The first part deals with the evolution of East–West political and economic relations in the 1970s and the prospects for the 1980s and considers the implications of developments in East–West relations for Soviet and East European regional, economic, political, and military ties. Thereafter, experts from East and West offer their perspectives on political economic strategies for individual East European countries, in the context of their regional and international relations. This book will be of interest to students of comparative economics, international trade, and international relations.  

    1. Introduction
    Zvi Gitelman

    Part 1. East–West Relations

    2. Soviet–American Strategic Balance, the Western Alliance, and East–West Relations
    Coral Bell

    3. Issues in East–West Economic Relations
    Morris Bornstein

    4. The Prospects for East–West Trade in the 1980s
    Friedrich Levcik

    Part 2: Soviet–East European Regional Relations

    5. Soviet–East European Relations in the 1980s and the Changing International System
    William Zimmerman

    6. Soviet–East European Economic Relations
    Morris Bornstein

    Part 3: East European Polity and Society

    7. The World Economy and Elite Political Strategies in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland
    Zvi Gitelman

    8. East–West Interdependence and the Social Compact in Eastern Europe
    Alex Pravda

    Part 4. East European Policy Responses

    9. Growth and Trade: The Hungarian Case
    András Nagy

    10. Importing Western Technology into Hungary
    Márton M. Tardos

    11. Solving Poland’s Foreign Trade Problems
    Witold Trzeciakowski

    12. Political and Institutional Changes in the Management of the Socialist Economy: The Polish Case
    Stanislaw Gebethner

    13. Conclusion: East–West Relations and the Future of Eastern Europe
    William Zimmerman


    Morris Bornstein was Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Michigan, USA. Dr. Bornstein’s scholarly publications on comparative economic systems, the economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the economics of transition included seven books (some translated into Italian, Spanish, Chinese or French) and sixty journal articles and chapters in collective volumes.

    Zvi Gitelman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Michigan, USA. He studies ethnicity and politics, especially in former Communist countries, as well as Israeli politics, East European politics, and Jewish political thought and behavior.

    William Zimmerman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Michigan, USA. Professor Zimmerman taught at the University of Michigan throughout his academic career while occasionally teaching at institutions such as Harvard University and European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.  His primary research areas are Soviet and Russian foreign and domestic policy, Eastern Europe, and comparative elites. 

    Review of the first publication:

    '…this collection of essays stands up remarkably well, especially for the decade of the 1970s.'

    --- Canadian Journal of Political Science