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


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.
Thesaurusschlagwörter post-communist society; transformation; transition; Eastern Europe; Central Europe; social change; governance; Europeanization; theory formation
Klassifikation Soziologie von Gesamtgesellschaften
Freie Schlagwörter social theory
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2013
Seitenangabe S. 88-105
Zeitschriftentitel Studies of Transition States and Societies, 5 (2013) 2
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung