Privatizing the Police-State: The Case of Poland (Hardback)
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Privatizing the Police-State: The Case of Poland (Hardback)

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Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 08/08/2000
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This is the first book that documents and analyses the paramount role of secret services in the decomposition of the communist system and the conversion of its elites into new capitalists. The surge of civil society in 1980s Poland prompted a parallel expansion of the police-state apparatus. The book traces the subsequent reconstruction and privatization of social, political and material resources of the police-state and shows how these covert operations shaped other, more visible aspects of the East/Central European transformation. A Note from the Authors: Since the publication of this book, the events in Poland and elsewhere have demonstrated the extraordinary influence and longevity of the power networks spawned by the communist police state apparatus and its eventual privatization. There is new evidence uncovered almost daily, whose interpretation would not be feasible without the conceptual and historical framework elaborated first in this book.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333736135
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 521 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This study is a model of what scholarship on secrecy-enshrouded topics should be.' - from the Foreword by Gary T. Marx

'...a fascinating and troubling book...[the authors] raise important questions about the nature of privatized Poland.' - Choice

'It is a well-done piece of research that integrates a wealth of information and makes visible some major trends in the transformation process.' - Nils Christie in Slavic Review

'Privatizing the Police-State examines the privatization of the state control apparatus and the impact this has had on post-socialist property relations and on the possibilities for a full break with the authoritarian system. [The authors] use sources gained through years of reading and careful field research.' - Louise Shelley in Demokratizatsiya

'This is a very important book for those who are interested in communism and in the structures of social domination in post-communism. It is important as an attempt to combine contemporary history, political science and institutional/political sociology. It is an important challenge to the prevailing understanding of communist rule, transition and current social and political structures in Poland.' - Andras Sajo in Law and Politics Book Review

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