Divide and Pacify: Strategic Social Policies and Political Protests in Post-communist Democracies (Hardback)
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Divide and Pacify: Strategic Social Policies and Political Protests in Post-communist Democracies (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 01/10/2006
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Despite dramatic increases in poverty, unemployment, and social inequalitites, the Central and Eastern European transitions from communism to market democracy in the 1990s have been remarkably peaceful. This book proposes a new explanation for this unexpected political quiescence. It shows how reforming governments in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have been able to prevent massive waves of strikes and protests by the strategic use of welfare state programs such as pensions and unemployment benefits. From a narrow economic viewpoint, these policies often appeared to be immensely costly or irresponsibly populist. Yet a more inclusive social-scientific perspective can shed new light on these seemingly irrational policies by pointing to deeper political motives and wider sociological consequences.

Publisher: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9789637326790
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 231 x 162 x 17 mm

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