Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745331157 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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First the Transition, then the Crash: Eastern Europe in the 2000s

Edited by Gareth Dale

First the Transition, then the Crash: Eastern Europe in the 2000s

Edited by Gareth Dale

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745331157 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745331164 Published November 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The 1989-91 upheavals in Eastern Europe sparked a turbulent process of social and economic transition. Two decades on, with the global economic crisis of 2008-10, a new phase has begun.

This book explores the scale and trajectory of the crisis through case studies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia. The contributors focus upon the relationships between geopolitics, the world economy and class restructuring.

The book covers the changing relationship between business and states; foreign capital flows; financialisation and asset price bubbles; austerity and privatisation; and societal responses, in the form of reactionary populism and progressive social movements.

Challenging neoliberal interpretations that envisage the transition as a process of unfolding liberty, the dialectic charted in these pages reveals uneven development, attenuated freedoms and social polarisation.

Contents

1 Introduction: The Transition in Central and Eastern
Europe
Gareth Dale
2 Marx on 1989
G. M. Tamás
Part One Russia: class and power in the age
of Putin
3 Workers in Modern Russia
Mike Haynes
4 Russia’s Foreign Policy from Putin to Medvedev
Gonzalo Pozo
5 Autocratic Neoliberalism and Beyond: Russia’s
Caesarist Journey into the Global Political Economy
Owen Worth
Part Two From the Baltic to the Balkans:
market reform and economic crisis
6 Twenty Years Lost: Latvia’s Failed Development in
the Post-Soviet World
Jeff Sommers and Ja–nis Berzinš
7 The Ukrainian Economy and the International
Financial Crisis
Marko Bojcun
8 Poland and the Global Political Economy:
From Neoliberalism to Populism (and Back Again)
Stuart Shields
9 The Czech Republic: Neoliberal Reform and
Economic Crisis
Ilona Švihlíková
10 From Poster Boy of Neoliberal Transformation to
Basket Case: Hungary and the Global Economic Crisis
Adam Fabry
vi FIRST THE TRANSITION, THEN THE CRASH
11 Serbia from the October 2000 Revolution to the Crash
Martin Upchurch and Darko Marinkovic
12 Conclusion: The ‘Crash’ in Central and Eastern Europe
Gareth Dale and Jane Hardy
Notes on Contributors
Index

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