Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged : Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009 Paperback / softback
Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged examines the twenty-year aftermath of the 1989 assaults on established, state-sponsored socialism in the former Soviet bloc and in China.
Editors Nina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger bring together prominent experts on Eastern Europe and China to examine the respective trajectories of political, economic, and social transformations that unfolded in these two areas, while also comparing the changes that ensued withinthe two regions.
The volume features paired comparisons, with one chapter on the countries from the former Soviet bloc and one on China for each of the following themes: the reinstitutionalization of politics, the recasting of state-society relations, the reform of economic systems, changes in economicbehavior, and transformations of social institutions.
Despite differences in the specific substantive focus and disciplinary grounding among individual chapters, all chapters share a concern with the fate of the state in postsocialism.
They elaborate on topics such as the transformations of the old socialist state and its nature, activities and roles; civil society before and after 1989; the ways in which the state has, or has not, acted to encourage new forms of economic behavior; and thestate's responsibility for societal trends, whether in family formation, in protest or in inequality.
Taking a unique approach to understand twentieth-century socialism on a global scale, Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged uncovers insights about political models and economic patterns that haveemerged in the grand project of the transition from socialism.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 272 pages, 32 charts and graphs
- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Publication Date: 19/09/2012
- Category: Comparative politics
- ISBN: 9780199895960