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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener


Political, social, and economic transformation is a complex historical phenomenon. It can be adequately analysed only by a multidisciplinary approach. This Handbook brings together an international team of scholars who are specialists in their respective research fields. They introduce the most important areas, theories, and methods in transformation research. Most attention is placed on the historical and comparative dimension. Although focusing on postcommunist and other democratic transformations in our epoch, the Handbook therefore presents and discusses not only their problems, paths, and ... More

Keywords: transformation, modernization, transition, revolution, theory, research methods, historical waves of transformation, postcommunism, regime change, democratization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfgang Merkel, editor
Director of the research unit 'Democracy and Democratization', WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Professor of Political Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Raj Kollmorgen, editor
Professor of Sociology and Management of Social Change, University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz

Hans-Jürgen Wagener, editor
Professor Emeritus, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Chapter 1 Transformation and Transition Research: An Introduction

Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Section I Theoretical Frameworks

Chapter 2 System

Wolfgang Merkel, Julian Brückner, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Chapter 3 Institutions

Stefan Voigt

Chapter 4 Actors

Wolfgang Merkel and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Section II Research Approaches

Chapter 7 Structuralism

Julian Brückner

Chapter 11 Approaches to Transformation in Economics

Stefan Kolev and Joachim Zweynert

Chapter 16 Combining Theoretical Approaches

Raj Kollmorgen and Wolfgang Merkel

Section III Methods

Chapter 21 Discourse Approaches

Johannes Angermuller and Raj Kollmorgen

Chapter 22 Economic Methods

Martin Myant and Jan Drahokoupil

Section IV Historic Waves and Types of Societal Transformations

Chapter 27 Democratic Transformations after the Second World War

Wolfgang Merkel and Johannes Gerschewski

Section V Spheres

Chapter 33 Civil Society

John Keane and Wolfgang Merkel

Chapter 34 Law

Christian Kirchner† and David Ehmke

Chapter 35 Economy

Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Section VI Basic Problems of Transformation

Chapter 41 Defective Democracy

Aurel Croissant and Wolfgang Merkel

Chapter 45 Dilemma of Simultaneity

Ilyas Saliba and Wolfgang Merkel

Chapter 48 Elites

Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

Chapter 50 Founding Elections

Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Chapter 51 Gender Relations

Silke Roth and Charlie Walker

Chapter 53 Hybrid Regimes

Alexander Schmotz

Chapter 54 Institutional Transfer

Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Chapter 57 Legitimacy

Daniel Lambach

Chapter 58 Liberalization

László Csaba

Chapter 60 Mass Media

Barbara Thomaß

Chapter 64 Phases of Transformation

Wolfgang Merkel and Lea Heyne

Chapter 67 Privatization

Bruno Dallago and Chiara Guglielmetti

Chapter 69 Regime Diffusion

Hans-Joachim Lauth

Chapter 70 Regional Disparities

Hans-Joachim Bürkner

Chapter 73 Social Capital

Kenneth Newton

Chapter 75 Social Security

Katharina Müller

Chapter 76 Stateness

Timm Beichelt

Chapter 80 Value Change

Bernhard Weßels