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Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe:

Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule

Editors: Grzegorz Ekiert and Stephen E. Hanson
Cambridge University Press, 2003

This volume presents a shared effort to apply a general historical-institutionalist approach to the problem of assessing institutional change in the wake of communism's collapse in Europe. It brings together a number of leading senior and junior scholars with outstanding reputations as specialists in postcommunism and comparative politics to address central theoretical and empirical issues involved in the study of postcommunism. The authors address such questions as how historical 'legacies' of the communist regime be defined, how their impact can be measured in methodologically rigorous ways, and how the effects of temporal and spatial context can be taken into account in empirical research on the region. Taken as a whole, the volume makes an important contribution to the growing literature by utilizing the comparative historical method to study key problems of world politics.


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About the Contributors

Grzegorz Ekiert and Stephen E. Hanson

Part I. Postcommunist Transformations and the Role of Historical Legacies

1. Time, Space and Institutional Change in Central and Eastern Europe
Grzegorz Ekiert and Stephen E. Hanson
2. Accounting for Postcommunist Regime Diversity: What Counts as a Good Cause?
Herbert Kitschelt

Part II. Postcommunist Europe: Continuity and Change in Regional Patterns
3. Patterns of Postcommunist Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe
Grzegorz Ekiert
4. Postcommunist Spaces: a Political Geography Approach to Explaining Postcommunist Outcomes
Jeffrey S. Kopstein and David A. Reilly

Part III. Institutional Redesign and Historical Legacies: Case Studies
5. Redeeming the Past: Communist Successor Parties After 1989
Anna Grzymala-Busse
6. Leninist Legacies and Legacies of State Socialism in Postcommunist Central Europe's Constitutional Development
Allison Stanger
7. Historical Legacies, Institutions and the Politics of Social Policy in Hungary and Poland, 1989–1999
Tomasz Inglot
8. Postcommunist Unemployment Politics: Historical Legacies and the Curious Acceptance of Job Loss
Phineas Baxandall
9. 'Past' Dependence or Path Contingency? Institutional Design in Postcommunist Financial Systems
Juliet Johnson
10. Cultural Legacies of State Socialism: History Making and Cultural-Political Entrepreneurship in Postcommunist Poland and Russia
Jan Kubik

Epilogue: From Area Studies to Contextualized Comparisons
Paul Pierson



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About the Editors

Grzegorz Ekiert is Professor of Government, Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. His teaching and research interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements, and East European politics and societies.

Stephen E. Hanson
(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991; BA, Harvard, 1985) is Vice Provost for International Affairs, Director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies, and Lettie Pate Evans Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William & Mary.


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