The Transformation of State Socialism: System Change, Capitalism, or Something Else?
This book considers several aspects of the transformation of the former state socialist countries: social and economic outcomes; forces in the transformation process; problems of consolidation of the new regimes; and alternative scenarios. The book evaluates the course of transformation of state socialist societies. It focuses on economic change and its impact on inequality and health. Comparisons are made between the successful central European countries now members of the European Union with those of the former Soviet Union. There are detailed studies of the transformation of the (former) German Democratic Republic, Czech Republic, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, as well as the impact on Poland. A feature of the book is the impact of the collapse of state socialism on countries of Asia and the Third World. Alternative scenarios are considered, with specific chapters on China, Cuba, and North Korea. The book contemplates the alternative types of society that might replace state socialism, particularly state capitalism and market socialism.
Outcomes of Transformation; D.Lane
PART I: SOCIAL FORCES AND TRANSFORMATION
Communist Nostalgia and its Consequences in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine; S.White
The Social Bases of Reform and Anti-Reform in Russia and Ukraine; D.Lane
Why Labour Turns to the Right: Social Forces in the Post-Communist Transition; D.Ost
PART II: OUTCOMES OF TRANSFORMATION: CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The European Union's Influence on the Development of Capitalism in Central Europe; P.Hanson
The Outcomes of the Czech Economic Transformation; M.Myant
The Integration of the GDR into the Federal Republic: Challenges and Constraints; R.Schmidt
The Russian Transformation: A New Form of Etacratism; O.Shkaratan
PART III: CONSOLIDATION OF NEW REGIMES: THE PROBLEM OF INEQUALITY
Effects of Transformation on Inequality in Russia; N.Manning
Inequalities in Health and Health Care in Post Communist Europe; P.Watson
Rapid Large Scale Privatization and the Post Communist Mortality Crisis; L.King & D.Stuckler
PART IV: ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS: REFORM WITHOUT SYSTEM CHANGE?
Belarus: A Market Socialism Prototype?; M.Nuti
Transnational Ties and Transformation of Cuban Socialism; S.Eckstein
Change and Continuity in North Korea; S.Kwon
The Impact of the Demise of State Socialism on China; J.Wilson
The Consequences of Transformation on the Third World; S.Mizobata