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. 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.
David Lane is senior research associate, faculty of social and political sciences, University of Cambridge.
Chapter 1 Foreword Part 2 The Legacy and Trajectories of Change Chapter 3 Trajectories of Transformation: Theories, Legacies, and Outcomes Chapter 4 Party Systems and the State Socialist Legacy in Eastern Europe Part 5 Political Change Chapter 6 Russia: The Revenge of the Superstructure Chapter 7 Russia's Federal Legacy and Democratization Chapter 8 Elites and Institutions in Russian Economic Transformation: The Case of Sverdlovsk Chapter 9 Institutional and Political Legacies of the Socialist Welfare State Chapter 10 Cooperatives and the Legacy of State Socialism Chapter 11 The Military-Industrial Complex, Technological Change, and the Space Industry Part 12 Adaptation of Social Groups Chapter 13 The Nationalities Question and Soviet Collapse: Weakness in State Socialism or Path-Dependent Breakdown? Chapter 14 Class, Status, Powerlessness: Workers in Postcommunist Russia Chapter 15 The Changing Position of Women: Trafficking, Crime, and Corruption Part 16 A Western Perspective Chapter 17 "A Failed Crusade?": The United States and Postcommunist Russia