Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation David Lane Editor
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Taking stock of the first decade of the transformation in the former Soviet bloc, this timely book explores the legacies of state socialism and attempts by once-communist countries to move toward a democratic, market-oriented system. Leading international scholars consider the ways traditions interact with other factors—both domestic and foreign—to influence the course of social, political, and economic change. The contributors assess the imprint of state socialism, both positive and negative, on the shape of these new societies. By analyzing the political cultures of previously socialist societies, particularly Russia, the book provides an important context for understanding the actions of political and economic actors who are introducing change from above as they work to create new societies. With its blend of theory and case studies and its clear narrative, this book will be a valuable text for students of transition, Russian politics, and the transformation of Eastern Europe.


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