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Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies

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

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

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

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  • This book examines the problems and issues facing formerly communist states as they seek to develop a new democratic political order and a market economy. Studies of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia provide detailed empirical data concerning constitution making, the shaping of democratic institutions, marketization of the economy, and social policy. This new research is then linked to innovative theoretical material to offer a unique assessment of the difficulties of creating a new political order in the region.

    • 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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    "New, interesting material." Comparative Politics

    "...a praiseworthy effort....Graduate level and above." Choice

    "...the substantive chapters are well crafted, detailed, and informative about such matters as the writing of constitutions, the working of electoral systems, the privatization of the economy, and the restructuring of the welfare states." Andrew C. Janos, Slavic Review

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    • Date Published: March 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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