Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009

Paperback | September 9, 2012

EditorNina Bandelj, Dorothy J. Solinger

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Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged examines the twenty-year aftermath of the 1989 assaults on established, state-sponsored socialism in the former Soviet bloc and in China. Editors Nina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger bring together prominent experts on Eastern Europe and China toexamine the respective trajectories of political, economic, and social transformations that unfolded in these two areas, while also comparing the changes that ensued within the two regions. The volume features paired comparisons, with one chapter on the countries from the former Soviet bloc and one on China for each of the following themes: the reinstitutionalization of politics, the recasting of state-society relations, the reform of economic systems, changes in economic behavior, andtransformations of social institutions. Despite differences in the specific substantive focus and disciplinary grounding among individual chapters, all chapters share a concern with the fate of the state in postsocialism. They elaborate on topics such as the transformations of the old socialist state and its nature, activities and roles; civil society before and after 1989; the ways in which the state has, or has not, acted to encourage new forms of economic behavior; and the state's responsibility for societaltrends, whether in family formation, in protest or in inequality. Taking a unique approach to understand twentieth-century socialism on a global scale, Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged uncovers insights about political models and economic patterns that have emerged in the grand project ofthe transition from socialism.

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Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged examines the twenty-year aftermath of the 1989 assaults on established, state-sponsored socialism in the former Soviet bloc and in China. Editors Nina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger bring together prominent experts on Eastern Europe and China toexamine the respective trajectories of political...

Nina Bandelj is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Bandelj is past Chair of the Social Transformations and Sociology of Development research committee of the International Sociological Association, and currently serves as Editor of Socio-Economic Review. Dorothy Solinger is Professor of Political...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbout the ContributorsIntroductionNina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger: Post-Socialist Trajectories in Comparative PerspectivePart 1: Re-institutionalizing Politics1. Valerie Bunce and Sharon Wolchik: Two Waves of Democratic Change in Post-communist Europe and Eurasia2. Joseph Fewsmith: China Politics Twenty Years LaterPart 2: Recasting State-Society Relations3. Katherine Verdery: Post-socialist Cleansing in Eastern Europe: Purity and Danger in Transitional Justice4. Robert P. Weller: Responsive Authoritarianism and Blind-Eye Governance in ChinaPart 3: Reforming Economic Systems5. Jozsef Borocz: Notes on the Geopolitical Economy of Post-State-Socialism6. Barry Naughton: The 1989 Watershed in China: How the Dynamics of Economic Transition ChangedPart 4: Transforming Economic Behavior7. Akos Rona-Tas: The Rise of Consumer Credit in Post-Communist Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland8. Yasheng Huang: Financing Constraints on Private Sector in Post-Socialist ChinaPart 5: Reshaping Social Institutions9. Theodore P. Gerber: Changing Family Formation Behavior in Post-socialist Countries: Similarities, Divergences and Explanations10. Wang Feng and Su Yang: Communist Resilience: Institutional Adaptations in Post-Tiananmen ChinaPostscriptNina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger: The Fate of the State after 1989: Eastern Europe and China Compared