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

ISBN : 9780199895960

Nina Bandelj; Dorothy J. Solinger
272 Pages
160 x 234 mm
Pub date
Sep 2012
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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 to examine 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, and transformations 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 societal trends, 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 of the transition from socialism.


About the Contributors
Post-Socialist Trajectories in Comparative Perspective, by Nina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger
Part 1: Re-institutionalizing Politics
Chapter 1 - Two Waves of Democratic Change in Post-communist Europe and Eurasia, by Valerie Bunce and Sharon Wolchik
Chapter 2 - China Politics Twenty Years Later, by Joseph Fewsmith
Part 2: Recasting State-Society Relations
Chapter 3 - Post-socialist Cleansing in Eastern Europe: Purity and Danger in Transitional Justice, by Katherine Verdery
Chapter 4 - Responsive Authoritarianism and Blind-Eye Governance in China, by Robert P. Weller
Part 3: Reforming Economic Systems
Chapter 5 - Notes on the Geopolitical Economy of Post-State-Socialism, by Jozsef Borocz
Chapter 6 - The 1989 Watershed in China: How the Dynamics of Economic Transition Changed, by Barry Naughton
Part 4: Transforming Economic Behavior
Chapter 7 - The Rise of Consumer Credit in Post-Communist Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, by Akos Rona-Tas
Chapter 8 - Financing Constraints on Private Sector in Post-Socialist China, by Yasheng Huang
Part 5: Reshaping Social Institutions
Chapter 9 - Changing Family Formation Behavior in Post-socialist Countries: Similarities, Divergences and Explanations, by Theodore P. Gerber
Chapter 10 - Communist Resilience: Institutional Adaptations in Post-Tiananmen China, by Wang Feng and Su Yang
The Fate of the State after 1989: Eastern Europe and China Compared, by Nina Bandelj and Dorothy J. Solinger

About the author: 

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 Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Contesting Citizenship in Urban China, winner of the 2001 Joseph R. Levenson Prize, and States' Gains, Labor's Losses, a 2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title.

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