Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism: Legacies, Linkages and Localities

Editor David Stark, Gernot Grabher

Oxford University Press | April 30, 1999 | Hardcover |

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This book is about change in Central and Eastern Europe, and how we think about social and economic change, more generally. In contrast to the dominant ''transition framework'' that examines organizational forms in Eastern Europe according to the degree to which they conform to, or depart from, the blueprints of already existing capitalisms, this book examines the innovative character, born of necessity, in which actors in the post-socialist setting are restructuring organizations and institutions by redefining and recombining resources. Instead of conceiving these recombination as accidental aberrations, it explores their evolutionary potentials. The starting premise of Restructuring Networks is that the actual unit of entrepreneurship is not the isolated individual personality but the social networks that links firms and the actors within them. Drawing insight from evolutionary economics and from the new methods of network analysis, leading sociologists economists and political scientists present their findings from Hungary, Poland, Eastern Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 360 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 30, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198290209

ISBN - 13: 9780198290209

Found in: Commercial Policy, Organizational Behavior

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Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism: Legacies, Linkages and Localities

Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism: Legacies, Linkages and Localities

Editor David Stark, Gernot Grabher

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 360 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 30, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198290209

ISBN - 13: 9780198290209

From the Publisher

This book is about change in Central and Eastern Europe, and how we think about social and economic change, more generally. In contrast to the dominant ''transition framework'' that examines organizational forms in Eastern Europe according to the degree to which they conform to, or depart from, the blueprints of already existing capitalisms, this book examines the innovative character, born of necessity, in which actors in the post-socialist setting are restructuring organizations and institutions by redefining and recombining resources. Instead of conceiving these recombination as accidental aberrations, it explores their evolutionary potentials. The starting premise of Restructuring Networks is that the actual unit of entrepreneurship is not the isolated individual personality but the social networks that links firms and the actors within them. Drawing insight from evolutionary economics and from the new methods of network analysis, leading sociologists economists and political scientists present their findings from Hungary, Poland, Eastern Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic.

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This books is about change in Central and Eastern Europe, and how we think about social and economic change more generally. In contrast to the dominant ''transition framework'' that examines organizational forms in Eastern Europe according to the degree to which they conform to, or depart from, the blueprints of already existing capitalisms, this book examines the way economic and social actors in the post-socialist setting are restructuring organizations and institutions by redefining and recombining resources. Instead of conceiving these recombinations as accidental aberrations, the book explores their evolutionary potential. In it a distinguished group of scholars from West and East blends wide-ranging theoretical discussion with detailed empirical analysis of developments and institutions in Hungary, Poland, Eastern Germany, Russia, and the Czech Republic.

About the Author

Gernot Grabher is a Lecturer in Economic Geography. David Stark is a Professor, Cornell University and Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University.

Editorial Reviews

The book is an important contribution to the fast-growing field of transitional studies. It features some of the most exciting theoretical thinking currently employed in economics, sociology and political science. - Dmitri n. Shalin. - Social Forces - June 1998
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