Building Democracy and Civil Society East of the Elbe

Essays in Honour of Edmund Mokrzycki

By Sven Eliaeson

© 2006 – Routledge

432 pages

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About the Book

This book explores the idea of civil society and how it is being implemented in Eastern Europe. The implosion of the Russian empire fifteen years ago and the new wave of democratization opened a new field of inquiry. The wide-ranging debate on the transition became focused on a conceptual battle, the question of how to define "civil society". Because totalitarian systems shun self-organization, real existing civil society barely existed East of the Elbe, and the emergence of civil society took unusually complex and puzzling forms, which varied with national culture, and reflected the deep historical past of these societies.

This insightful text relates the concept of civil society and developments in Eastern Europe to wider sociological theories, and makes international comparisons where appropriate. It discusses particular aspects of civil society, and examines the difficulties of establishing civil society. It concludes by assessing the problems and prospects for civil society in Eastern Europe going forward.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword by George Soros

Introduction by Sven Eliaeson

I. PERSPECTIVES ON CIVIL SOCIETY

Sven Reichardt: Civil Society: Notes on the Revival of a Concept

Lawrence A Scaff: Civil Society and Its Discontents: Reflections on the North American Experience

Jiri Musil: Comments on Reichardt and Scaff

II. THE POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN TRANSITIONAL SOCIETIES.

George Kolankiewicz: Democracy, Inequality and State Crisis

Sally N Cummings and Ole Nørgaard: State-society relations: a comparison of six post-communist countries

Henryk Domanski: The Middle Class in Transition from Communism to Capitalist Society

Nikolai Genov: Transforming Leviathan in South Eastern Europe.

Sidonia Jedrzejewska: Bringing 'class' and 'interest group' back in – Edmund Mokrzycki on civil society

David Lane: Explaining the Transformation: Revolution, Class and Elites

Wolfgang Natter: Glocalization, Civil Identity, and Theories of Difference

Slawomir Nalecz and Jerzy Bartkowski: Is there an Organisational Base for Civil Society in Central Eastern Europe? Social and Economic Potentials of Civil Society Organisations in CEE after 1989

Christopher Adair-Toteff: Weber, Eastern Europe, and Civil Society

III. THE PERILS OF TRANSITOLOGY - THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUALS

Zygmunt Bauman: How to be a Sociologist and a Humanist? Sociology as a vocation in liquid-modern times

Andrzej Zybertowicz: Hidden Actors, Overlooked Dimensions and Blind Intellectuals.

Radoslaw Sojak: The Enchantment of the Social

Stephen P Turner: Was "Real existing Socialism" Merely a Premature Form of Rule by Experts?

IV. COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

Axel Hadenius: Democratic Consolidation in Third Wave Democracies.

Li Bennich-Bjorkman: Building Post-Communist States: Political Corruption and Strategies of Party formation in Estonia and Latvia

Helmut Steiner: Similarities and Differences in the Social Reality and Sociological Analysis of Russia with Poland and Hungary

Chris Bryant: Third-Way Politics, Sceptical Voters, Insecure Societies

Joanna Kurczewska: National Myths, Pro-Socialist Capitalism, and the Old and New Mythmakers

Hartmut Kaelble: Civil society. The concept and the European level.

V. DEMOCRACY EAST OF THE ELBE: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS:

Lena Kolarska-Bobinska: Institutional modernization – a third stage of Polish transformation

Andrzej Rychard: Threats to Democracy: on some Polish paradoxes

Kristian Gerner: Building Civil Society and Democracy East of Elbe: Problems and Prospects

Marek Ziólkowski: Democracy, memory and forgiving. Paradoxes of dealing with the past in postcommunist transitional societies. The Polish case

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Sven Eliaeson is professor of sociology at the Centre for Social Studies in Warsaw. His main area of interest is the classics of social science, and his publications include Max Weber’s Methodologies: Interpretation and Critique (Polity Press, 2002). He has also published edited volumes on the Norwegian secession from Sweden and Nordic security policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS012000
HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL007000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General