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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Post-socialist Transformations in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Post-socialist Transformations in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

(p.348) Chapter 32 Post-socialist Transformations in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Raj Kollmorgen

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers post-socialist or postcommunist transformations as a subtype and historical wave of imitative societal transformations, i.e., system changes taking the form of disruptive, accelerated, and politically steered modernization projects which follow successful models of society in the framework of global hegemonies. Focusing on an international comparative overview of post-socialist change in the Second World system, i.e., the countries and union republics within the Soviet Empire, the chapter begins with a discussion of dynamics and factors of state socialism’s decline. Subsequently, it problematizes key dimensions, actors, and dilemmatic processes of the transitional phase in the narrow sense, concentrating on the political and economic spheres. Finally, the chapter deals with the long-term period of structuration and its ambivalent character, which includes a discussion of varieties and innovative aspects of postcommunism as well as post-transformative challenges.

Keywords:   state socialism, postcommunism, post-socialism, Central and Eastern Europe, transition, structuration, dilemma, varieties, innovation, post-transformation

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