Titel: The Political Economy of State-Society Relations in Hungary and Poland: From Communism to the European Union
Autor/en: Anna Seleny
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Februar 2006 - gebunden - 277 Seiten
Hungary and Poland led the transformations that brought down Communism: Hungary through economic reform, Poland through political struggle. Seleny shows how these changes were possible in authoritarian regimes as, over time, state and society became mutually vulnerable, neither fully able to dictate the terms of engagement. For Poland this meant principled confrontation; for Hungary, innovative accommodation. Different conceptual frameworks and strategies of persuasion, Seleny argues, account for these divergences in virtually identical institutional settings.
1. History and theory in practice; 2. Precocious reformer: Hungary; 3. Injustice: Poland 1948-1980; 4. Poland: from solidarity to 1989; 5. Hungary: property relations recast; 6. Schumpeter by the Danube: from second economy to private sector; 7. Action and reaction: institutional consequences of private sector expansion.
Anna Seleny is Visiting Associate Professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Previously she was Assistant Professor at Princeton University; in Princeton she also spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Studies. She has published in World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Law and Policy, East European Politics and Societies, and in edited volumes. Seleny has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the German Marshall Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, the International Research and Exchange Commission and Fulbright-Hayes.
'This is one of the best studies on the political economy of Eastern Europe published in the past decade. Seleny's work is rich in fresh insights and innovative approaches and yields a more complete understanding of policy-making and economic policies in socialist Hungary and Poland. Her focus on the political and economic significance of the second economy and its intricate relationship to state bureaucracies is particularly original. Seleny's analysis of the centrally planned economic system's lasting effects on these two new democracies and market economies.' Zoltan Barany, University of Texas 'This meticulous study conveys original and profound lessons about how states and societies become vulnerable and then change. Blending historical sweep with deep local knowledge, this book conveys the drama of the economic and political transformation in Eastern Europe in a gripping way. Seleny is masterful in showing us how much we can learn from comparative case studies.' Nancy Bermeo, Princeton University 'This is an excellent, in-depth study that explains in detail how both pre- and post- 89 history and institutions have impacted the EU accession process in Hungary and in Poland. Anna Seleny's contribution is based on research that is methodologically sound, substantively rich, and extremely well-documented. I expect the book to contribute to the important debates taking place in the social sciences about systemic transformation. The book should be of interest to a broad, interdisciplinary audience beyond political science, since it links political, economic and cultural developments.' Janos Kornai, Collegium Budapest '[T]he main thrust of this valuable study adds considerably to an understanding of what, in the biography of Hungarian and Polish socialism, accounts for the strikingly different way state and society met, tangled, and evolved in the two countries, and with what implications for the new era.' Foreign Affairs ' ... Seleny's book has much to offer, particularly on the evolution of the Hungarian economic, political and economic system.' Slavonic and East European Review