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Party-states and their Legacies in Post-communist Transformation

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Party-states and their Legacies in Post-communist Transformation

9781858986456 Edward Elgar Publishing
Maria Csanádi, Senior Researcher, Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Publication Date: December 1997 ISBN: 978 1 85898 645 6 Extent: 448 pp
Party-States and their Legacies in Post-Communist Transformation is a unique investigation into the construction, operation, self-destruction and transition of Hungarian politics from the 1960s to the mid- 1990s. It presents a rich picture which draws upon an extraordinary body of data and provides not just simply a retrospective theoretical analysis of the system, but details of everyday life within the state apparatus.

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Party-States and their Legacies in Post-Communist Transformation is a unique investigation into the construction, operation, self-destruction and transition of Hungarian politics from the 1960s to the mid- 1990s. It presents a rich picture which draws upon an extraordinary body of data and provides not just simply a retrospective theoretical analysis of the system, but details of everyday life within the state apparatus.

This remarkable book includes extensive interviews with over four hundred key individuals in the party, state and the economy from 1975 onwards. In addition, Dr Csanádi draws upon other unique empirical research including internal memos and secret state documents as well as a full range of studies by East and West European scholars to reveal the realities of the system as observed by those closest to it. She not only considers the workings of the system during the communist era, but also analyses the legacy it continues to exert on the period of the transformation. As such the book contributes to our understanding of the Hungarian transformation and sheds new light on how party states worked throughout Eastern and Central Europe during the communist era and what the consequences of their self-similar features on the transformation are. In addition the book offers comparisons with other formerly centrally planned systems to reveal the structural differences in the distribution of power in party states and the very different legacies they leave for post-communist transformation.

This comprehensive book will be welcomed by researchers, academics and postgraduates interested in the politics, economics, history and political science of Hungary and other East and Central European countries in transition.
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‘This meticulously researched contribution by a Hungarian scholar offers a fresh analysis of the evolution and collapse of the communist system. A welcome addition to the literature on the rise and fall of state socialism, the book traces the tension between the system’s sustainability and its inherent weakness. . . . the very richness of the data presented in the book merits careful consideration.’
– Andrew A. Michta, Slavic Review
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Contents: Introduction Part I: The Structure Part II: The Functioning Part III: The Disintegration Part IV: The Legacies Part V: Conclusions Appendices References Index
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