Democratic and Capitalist Transitions in Eastern Europe: by Michel Dobry (auth.), Michel Dobry (eds.)

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here ofexchange, and borrowing in debates among those disciplines, the entire extra so, as we will see a bit extra on, because the research of the valuable and East ecu alterations has additionally contributed to introduce into political technology and sociology theoretical systematizations first formulated in economics. as well as this establishing as much as the gadgets and theories of economics, the pseudo-"dilemma" ofsimultaneity produced, by way of a type of suggestions, one other sequence of results on transitology and the comparable study domain names. opposite to such a lot expectancies and predictions within the wake ofthe 1989 upheavals - affirmations that the "dilemmas", "problems" or "challenges" of the transitions in primary and japanese Europe should were handled and resolved one by one in series, within the demeanour of the kind of idealized trajectories of serious Britain or Spain (trajectories considerably sufficient promoted, a long way past the circles of students, as a "model" of transition), and specifically, opposite to the idea that superposing an intensive financial transformation upon a transition to democracy could make the total edifice completely unworkable, risky or harmful - it needs to be said truly out that the 2 strategies, of their "simultaneity", aren't inevitably incompatible. this is often one of many major findings under pressure upon in different chapters of this book.

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Often the show-like stage design and the media interest also strengthened the competitive rather than the co-operative dimension of international scholarly exchange forcing analysts to buttress their identity and to enhance their competitive advantage by original, provocative and extremist predictions. I do not mean th"t transitology with its accentuated prophetic orientation crept out of the bank-accounts and safe-deposits of various actors and institutions of global capitalism, only that social science, among many other motives, also felt the challenge of intensified practical interest in the future of the region well before it could be prepared for reliable prognoses.

A closer look at the history of ideas reveals that the two pairs of rival accounts of the viability, and the identified sources of the strengths or weaknesses of the postcommunist market society, are not the conclusions of a new way of thinking developed specifically to explain these societies, rather the schemata applied have their own history. The proof of this claim will be presented below by a brief summary of the theories collected in Hirschman's "Rival views of market society". RIVAL VIEWS OF POSTCOMMUNIST MARKET SOCIETY 25 TABLE I.

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