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Political change in Eastern Europe since 1989 : prospects for liberal democracy and a market economy /
Robert Zuzowski.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
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165 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0275961451 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
isbn
0275961451 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2250789
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-160) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert Zuzowski is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-01:
Zuzowski presents an overview of the transition to capitalism and democracy in Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. The author stresses the moral dimension of the transition and the way in which the inherited cultural legacies of the respective countries shape their relative success and failure in the postsocialist era. He paints an unduly pessimistic picture of Poland, while praising the Czechs primarily because they have not elected a former Communist Party back into power. His account glides over the breakup of the state and ignores the corruption problems that arose during the Czech privatization process. The book is rather tendentious, one-sided, and poorly argued. It is not sufficiently reliable to be assigned to undergraduates and not original or cogent enough to merit attention from more advanced readers. The best introductory text is Michael Roskin's The Rebirth of East Europe (1997). P. Rutland; Wesleyan University
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'œZuzowski's book is clear and to the point, and his arguments are supported by various types of empirical evidence....Zuzowski's book would make a good introduction for students, diplomats, and entrepreneurs who need grounding on the ideological, economic, and political foundations of development in post-Cold War Eastern Europe since 1989. It is easy to read and outlines the important arguments that have been made since the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989.'' Journal of Developing Areas
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Summaries
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What makes some Eastern European countries politically victorious and economically prosperous while others have failed in both regards? Zuzowski deals with fundamental changes in the area after the demise of communism. He argues that the past is important because it is usually a reliable indicator of things to come in the near future. He also states that if systemic transformation is to succeed, a new totalism or comprehensive change introduced swiftly and based on justice and a rule of law is necessary. After a general discussion of Eastern Europe, Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic are examined in detail. In addition, the West's approach to Eastern Europe after the collapse of communism is analyzed. This significant assessment will be of value to scholars, researchers, students, and policy makers involved with economic, political, and social change, post-communism, and Eastern Europe.
Unpaid Annotation
Explains what makes some Eastern European countries politically victorious and economically prosperous while others fail.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Eastern Europe After the Collapse of Communismp. 13
Russia: Carpetbaggers' Countryp. 47
Poland: Spin-Doctors' Statep. 71
Czech Republic: Czechs Are Differentp. 97
The West's Approach to Postcommunist Eastern Europep. 119
Conclusion: Eastern European Prospects for Liberal Democracy and a Market Economyp. 141
Selected Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 161
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