First published in 1987, this is an analysis of the contemporary breakdown of political and economic systems within the Eastern European communist countries. Rather than passively following the developments of this crisis, the author seeks instead to identify the reasons for failure and to examine alternative policies that offer solutions to these problems.
Jan Winiecki’s work offers a comparative study of the Soviet-type economies of the East with the market economies of the West; providing a cause and effect analysis of each model, with possible scenarios for their future prospects.
Part 1: The East 1. Introductory Remarks 2. Causes – Symptoms – Effects 3. Constraints on Future Options 4. Possible Scenarios 5. In Place of Conclusions Part 2: The West 6. Introductory Remarks 7. Declining Efficiency of the Market System – Causes and Effects 8. Slow Awakening and Portents of Change 9. On Lasting Underpinnings of Change: Shifting Economic Structures and Political Balance 10. Possible Scenarios 11. In Place of Conclusions