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Transforming Management in Central and Eastern Europe$
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Roderick Martin

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775690

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775690.001.0001

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Political transformation

Political transformation

(p.9) 2 Political transformation
Transforming Management in Central and Eastern Europe

Roderick Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines six fundamental political issues in the political transformation process which were significant for enterprise management. The first is the treatment of the ancien régime and the tension between de-Communization and depoliticization. The second is the process of regime legitimation and the development of a ‘civic culture’ capable of supporting new political institutions. Thirdly, there is the creation of national political parties, capable of building coherent political platforms and establishing links between national and local political aspirations. The fourth issue is the development of intermediary organizations such as environmental and consumer groups, employers' organizations, and trade unions capable of providing the infrastructure for pluralist democracy. The fifth issue is the establishment of orderly relations and a balance of power between the executive and the legislature. Finally, the chapter examines the fostering of local democracy and political involvement through the decentralization of authority and responsibility.

Keywords:   political issues, enterprise management, ancien régime, civic culture, political parties, pluralist democracy

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