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Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies

Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies
Rebuilding the Ship at Sea


Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479318

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  • The authors of this book have developed a new and stimulating approach to the analysis of the transitions of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia to democracy and a market economy. They integrate interdisciplinary theoretical work with elaborate empirical data on some of the most challenging events of the twentieth century. Three groups of phenomena and their causal interconnection are explored: the material legacies, constraints, habits and cognitive frameworks inherited from the past; the erratic configuration of new actors, and new spaces for action; and a new institutional order under which agency is institutionalized and the sustainability of institutions is achieved. The book studies the interrelations of national identities, economic interests, and political institutions with the transformation process, concentrating on issues of constitution making, democratic infrastructure, the market economy, and social policy.

    • Detailed study of one of the most important issues of modern politics: the transition of former communist countries to democracy and capitalism
    • Combines new empirical research on Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary with sophisticated theory
    • Very high-powered authors; Offe is one of the world's best known sociologists, Elster is probably the most successful social scientist on Cambridge's list
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479318
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: agenda, agency, and aims of Central East European transitions
    2. Mapping Eastern Europe
    3. Constitutional politics in Eastern Europe
    4. Building and consolidating democracies
    5. Building capitalism in Eastern Europe
    6. Social policy transformation
    7. Consolidation and the cleavages of ideology and identity
    8. Conclusion: the unfinished project.

  • Authors

    Jon Elster, Columbia University, New York

    Claus Offe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Ulrich K. Preuss, Freie Universität Berlin

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