The political context: Building new states

Judy Batt, Kataryna Wolczuk

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The majority of post-communist states are new states, formed as a result of the collapse of all three of the multi-national communist federal states, the USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. In contrast to previous examples of the breakdown of authoritarian rule and the transition to democracy (in, for example, southern Europe and Latin America), the post-communist transitions appear to expose the state itself to the most profound challenge. As Claus Offe has pointedout: ‘At the most fundamental level a “decision�? must be made as to who “we�? are, i.e., a decision on identity, citizenship and the territorial as well as social and cultural boundaries of the state.’1.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReconstituting the Market
Subtitle of host publicationThe Political Economy of Microeconomic Transformation
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)0203985052, 9781135297732
ISBN (Print)9057023296, 9789057023293
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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© 1999 OPA (Overseas Publishers Association) N.V. Published by license under the Harwood Academic Publishers imprint, part of The Gordon and Breach Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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