Stubborn Structures

Reconceptualizing Post-communist Regimes
$70.00 / €59.00 / £52.00
With an introduction by Henry E. Hale
Publication date: 
500 pages

The editor of this book has brought together contributions designed to capture the essence of post-communist politics in East-Central Europe and Eurasia. Rather than on the surface structures of nominal democracies, the nineteen essays focus on the informal, often intentionally hidden, disguised and illicit understandings and arrangements that penetrate formal institutions. These phenomena often escape even the best-trained outside observers, familiar with the concepts of established democracies. Contributors to this book share the view that understanding post-communist politics is best served by a framework that builds from the ground up, proceeding from a fundamental social context.

The book aims at facilitating a lexical convergence; in the absence of a robust vocabulary for describing and discussing these often highly complex informal phenomena, the authors wish to advance a new terminology of post-communist regimes. Instead of a finite dictionary, a kind of conceptual cornucopia is offered. The resulting variety reflects a larger harmony of purpose that can significantly expand the understanding the “real politics” of post-communist regimes.

Countries analyzed from a variety of aspects, comparatively or as single case studies, include Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

  1. Magyar Bálint: Towards a terminology for post-communist regimes
  2. Chayes, Sarah: The Structure of Corruption, A Systemic Analysis of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova 
  3. Fisun, Oleksandr: Comparative study along the neopatrimonial paradigm
  4. Haraszti  Miklós: Quasi-democratic, illiberal state censorship (a must-have accessory for any mafia state)
  5. Kazakevics, Andrei: The ‘Non-party’ Phenomenon: Power, Trust and Institutions in the Politics of Belarus, 1990-2015
  6. Kornai János: The system paradigm revisited
  7. Magyar Bálint: Hungary and Poland: two autocratic experiments 
  8. Magyar Bálint: From free market corruption risk to the certainty of a state-run criminal organization (using Hungary as an example)
  9. Magyari Nándor László: The Romanian Patronal System of Public Corruption
  10. Minakov Mikhail: Republic of Clans: Evolution of Ukrainian political system
  11. Minzarari, Dumitru: The domestication of the Russian opposition movements
  12. Mizsei Kálmán: The new East European patronal societies and the rule-of-law (Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia)
  13. Petrov, Nikolay: The structure of the Russian elite
  14. Pikulik, Alexei: Comparative study of rent-seeking regimes: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine 
  15. Rouda, Uladzimir: Post-Communist Mafia State - The Case of Belarus
  16. Ryabov, Andrei: The institution of power & ownership in the former USSR
  17. Sz.Bíró Zoltán: Typology of political parties of post-communist regimes
  18. Viktorov, Ilya: Russia’s Network State and Reiderstvo Practices
  19. Hale, Henry E.: (closing study)

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