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Radicalised Transformation, the Institutional Tensions and Modernisation Challenges

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Muller, Karel; Havelka, Milos

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Abstract Draws on recent modernization theory & discussions of postmodernity to suggest a theoretical approach to the analysis of postcommunist institutional change in Central & Eastern Europe. Modernization is taken to be an evolutionary process in the direction of societal subsystem functional differentiation with institutional features such as economic extensification & intensification, social mobility, specialization, functionalization of values, & (sometimes) institutionalization of conflicts. This framework is applied to assess intended & unintended social consequences of economic transformation in the Czech Republic. It is concluded that simultaneous economic & political modernization are causing interinstitutional conflicts, resolution of which requires a legitimate arena for voicing social claims &/or the creation of intermediary capacities to avert direct institutional confrontation.
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Political Economy
Free Keywords Modernization; Postmodernism; Eastern Europe; Europe; Social Change; Postcommunist Societies; Czech Republic
Document language English
Publication Year 1997
Page/Pages p. 179-195
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 5 (1997) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications