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Restructuring Networks in Post-SocialismLegacies, Linkages and Localities$
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Gernot Grabher and David Stark

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290209.001.0001

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Between Institutional Transfer and Legacies: Local Administrative Transformation in Eastern Germany

Between Institutional Transfer and Legacies: Local Administrative Transformation in Eastern Germany

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(p.324) 14 Between Institutional Transfer and Legacies: Local Administrative Transformation in Eastern Germany
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Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism
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Gernot Grabher

David Stark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290209.003.0014

This chapter is concerned with the transformation of local authorities in East Germany since the collapse of the communist regime. It starts by examining the process of institution-building in terms of the formation of formal organizations. It cites that the transformation process in East Germany has been shaped to a large extent by the old Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) as an external change extent. The second part of the chapter addresses whether and how formal institutions, once transferred from West to East or established in the East, are applied or run by East German actors. The chapter shows that the considerable variability of institutional formation in the many counties and municipalities of East Germany has been shaped by endogenous factors emanating from specific local political contexts, actors, and interests. The chapter concludes that East Germany did not provide organizationally or socio-culturally fertile ground for administrative innovation.

Keywords:   local authorities, communist regime, institution-building, FRG, endogenous factors, exogenous factors, administrative innovation, institutional formation

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