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By Jon Elster

This e-book examines the issues and matters dealing with previously communist states as they search to increase a brand new democratic political order and a industry economic climate. stories of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia offer targeted empirical facts touching on structure making, the shaping of democratic associations, marketization of the financial system, and social coverage. This new study is then associated with cutting edge theoretical fabric to provide a different review of the problems of constructing a brand new political order within the quarter.

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All countries embarked upon forced industrialization along Soviet lines. After Stalin's death, Soviet control loosened and a limited "return to diversity" (Rothschild 1993) set in which gained further momentum in the 1980s. However, this process left the essentials of the system untouched. The suppression of workers in the GDR in 1953 and in Poland in 1956, the invasions of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the declaration of martial law in Poland in 1981 again and again stressed the limits to reform.

The national constitutions were modelled upon the Soviet Constitution of 1936. The planning offices which had been established to handle post-war reconstruction were transformed into Gosplan-type Planning Commissions. Nationalizations were further extended. Save for Poland, agriculture was collectivized. All countries embarked upon forced industrialization along Soviet lines. After Stalin's death, Soviet control loosened and a limited "return to diversity" (Rothschild 1993) set in which gained further momentum in the 1980s.

The suppression of workers in the GDR in 1953 and in Poland in 1956, the invasions of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the declaration of martial law in Poland in 1981 again and again stressed the limits to reform. All countries experienced a massive social upheaval under communism. The industrialization of the East European economies led both to a massive sectoral reallocation of labor and to rapid urbanization. Save for Czechoslovakia and the GDR, the Central and East European countries witnessed a transformation from primarily rural, agricultural societies to industrial, urban ones.

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