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Theories of Postcommunist Transformation: Approaches, Debates, and Problems of Theory Building in the Second Decade of Research

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Kollmorgen, Raj

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Abstract The article explores the current theoretical debates on postcommunist transformations. After identifying important novel or reinvigorated approaches, three of them are critically discussed: the postcommunism approach, the governance approach, and the Europeanisation approach. The examination leads to the result that, indeed, a ‘second generation’ has emerged. It has largely overcome universalistic assumptions and gained explanatory power by more complex theoretical architectures as well as systematic time-space-embeddings or contextualisations. A final consideration makes the case for interdisciplinary and general theories of societal transformations as a necessary step in the advancement of the debate.
Keywords post-communist society; transformation; transition; Eastern Europe; Central Europe; social change; governance; Europeanization; theory formation
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies
Free Keywords social theory
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 88-105
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 5 (2013) 2
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution