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Kingdom and Society in Post-Socialist Economies specializes in the reform economies of post-socialist Europe. It seems at how numerous tasks of communism that emerged in were and are nonetheless being dismantled and recomposed by means of replacement visions, associations and practices of capitalist marketplace economies and democratic polities.

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The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p. 184). See, for example, Lucien Cernat’s Europeanization, Varieties of Capitalism and Economic Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (London: Palgrave, 2006) which is focused particularly on institutional variables and economic performance. Ekiert and Hanson develop a comparative approach to the social, cultural, and geographical constraints and opportunities facing post-communist reformers, but its primary focus is in mapping the ways in which post-communist societies have successfully institutionalized democratic politics and capitalist market economies (G.

G. Standing, ‘The babble of euphemisms: re-embedding social protection in ‘transformed’ labour markets’, in A. Rainnie, A. Smith and A. Swain, eds, Work, Employment and Transition: Restructuring Livelihoods in Post-Communism, London and New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 35–54. A. Lipietz, Mirages and Miracles: The Crises of Global Fordism, London: Verso, 1987. G. Grabher and D. Stark, Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism: Legacies, Linkages and Localities, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

1). Interestingly, many of these advantages, including the originally more liberal regimes of foreign trade and foreign exchange, freer domestic prices, larger private sector, greater openness to FDI, longer traditions of subcontracting, and the earlier existence of a two-tier banking system, were no less the inheritance of the Visegrád states’ earlier market socialist experiments than the structural advantages of relatively complex export sectors. 14 Instead, the majority of the Visegrád countries were able to build on the favourable institutional legacies of their long market-socialist experiments, while the Baltic and Southeastern European states had to build markets from scratch, an initial handicap that left its mark on their less convincing restructuring performance.

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