"The book is an impressive freight of scholarly work that leaves behind the terminological problems of earlier strains of post-communist research. Though the book's conceptual language is applicable elsewhere, its greatest analytical leverage will be in the states of the former Eastern Bloc. Clarifying and systematising a conceptual framework that rigorously covers much of post-communist state and society facilitates finer analysis and research that can be more easily related to other studies. (Insofar as its new language reduces semantic confusion, the book's value cannot be understated). The textbook format speaks to the authors’ primary audience: the book will be a welcome resource for the classroom and for students studying regimes, particularly in the post-Soviet space."