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State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies
 
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State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies
Edited by John Pickles
 
 
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17 Jan 2008
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State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies comprises original essays by authors from Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the US, and Japan who have been shaping recent debates about economic governance, regime theory, and the social economy. Each is concerned with one or other aspect of how we are to understand economic transformations in post-socialist and post-soviet economies. The volume takes as it central concern the important relationships between the state and society and its role in shaping the nature of economic lives and practices in post-socialist and post-soviet regions, and with the ways in which various disciplines have attempted to address these various economic regimes and governance systems. The volume is thus aimed to be a contribution to what we might call the fourth wave of transition studies; a movement that has begun to recognize and pay more attention to the complexities of the social economy, with its historical legacies, social and class forms, and its intense relationships with the forms of regional, national, and transnational systems of governance that now shape the diverse economies of the region.


Description

State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies comprises original essays by authors from Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the US, and Japan who have been shaping recent debates about economic governance, regime theory, and the social economy. Each is concerned with one or other aspect of how we are to understand economic transformations in post-socialist and post-soviet economies. The volume takes as it central concern the important relationships between the state and society and its role in shaping the nature of economic lives and practices in post-socialist and post-soviet regions, and with the ways in which various disciplines have attempted to address these various economic regimes and governance systems. The volume is thus aimed to be a contribution to what we might call the fourth wave of transition studies; a movement that has begun to recognize and pay more attention to the complexities of the social economy, with its historical legacies, social and class forms, and its intense relationships with the forms of regional, national, and transnational systems of governance that now shape the diverse economies of the region.


Contents

The Spirit of Post-socialism; J.Pickles
PART 1: ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE, THE STATE AND VARIETIES OF CAPITALISM
Leading Sectors and the Variety of Capitalism in Eastern Europe; B.Greskovits
Transnational Actors and Corporate Governance in ECE; A.Vliegenthart
On the State of the State: Czech Transformation and the Moment of Convergence in the Visegrad Region; J.Drahokoupil
Corporate Control Models in Russian Companies and Business Integration; T.G.Dolgopyatova
Diverging and Harmonizing of Corporate Governance in Russia; S.Mizobata
PART 2: SOCIAL MOBILIZATION AND ECONOMIC TRANFORMATION
State-Society Relations in Belarus; K.Haiduk
Labour Markets and Trade Unions in Four New Member Countries of the European Union; M.Congiu
Cultural Capital, State Regulation and Tourism in Post-Socialist Bulgaria; K.Ghodsee
State Policies, Uneven Development and Environmental Regulation in Urban and Rural Lithuania; J.Maciulyte
Building a Social Cause in Post-Communist Countries: The case of the Ecology in the Czech Republic; S.Devaux
Informal Practice, Cultural Capital and Politics in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania; Å.B.Grødeland
Conclusion: State, Society and Hybrid Post-Socialist Economies; J.Pickles


Authors

JOHN PICKLES is the Earl N. Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. His main research interests are in regional economic transformation in Eastern Europe, ethnicity, violence and economic change, and critical theory and cultural studies. He has published numerous articles in these fields, as well as several monographs, the most recent of which is A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping, and the Geo-Coded World (2004).