Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Destruction of Socialism and the State (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Destruction of Socialism and the State (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Destruction of Socialism and the State (Hardback)

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Hardback 222 Pages / Published: 28/01/1999
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From 1989 to 1992, all of the socialist dictatorships in Europe (including the Soviet Union) collapsed, as did the Soviet bloc. Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia dismembered, and the Cold War international order came to an abrupt end. Based on a series of controlled comparisons among regimes and states, Valerie Bunce argues in this book that two factors account for these remarkable developments: the institutional design of socialism as a regime, a state, and a bloc, and the rapid expansion during the 1980s of opportunities for domestic and international change. When combined, institutions and opportunities explain not just when, how, and why these regimes and states disintegrated, but also some of the most puzzling features of these developments - why, for example, the collapse of socialism was largely peaceful and why Yugoslavia, but not the Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia, disintegrated through war.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521584494
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 240 x 158 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The argument is remarkable elegant and concise.' Contemporary European History
"...this book answers the question of our age and provides an eminently worthy target to shoot at." Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs
"Bunce's story is a complicated one, but that, in fact, is part of the message of her book: that parsimony in explaining macrolevel historical change may come at the cost of cutting out precisely those variables that need attention...The real value of her account is its concretizin exactly what the much-discussed "communist legacies" really are." World Politics 53
"The arguments presented in the book bear upon a larger circle of issues in the study of comparative transitions from socialism." Slavic and East European Journal

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