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Author Bunce, Valerie, 1949-

Title Subversive institutions : the design and the destruction of socialism and the state / Valerie Bunce
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 206 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents 1. The Collapse of Socialism and Socialist States -- 2. Domestic Socialism: Monopoly and Deregulation -- 3. Federalism and the Soviet Bloc: Monopoly and Deregulation -- 4. Leaving Socialism -- 5. Leaving the State
6. Violent versus Peaceful State Dismemberment -- 7. Institutions and Opportunities: Constructing and Deconstructing Regimes and States
Summary 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.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-204) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Socialism -- Europe, Eastern
Socialism -- Soviet Union
Socialism -- Europe, Eastern -- History
Socialism -- Soviet Union -- History
Politics and government
Institution Soziologie
Politieke instellingen.
Politieke verandering.
Political Science.
Law, Politics & Government.
Socialism, Communism & Anarchism.
Socialisme -- Europe de l'Est -- Histoire.
Socialisme -- Urss -- Histoire.
Europe, Eastern -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1985-1991.
Europe, Eastern
Eastern Europe.
Soviet Union.
Europe de l'Est -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1989- ...
Urss -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1985-1991.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 98038293
ISBN 9780511816178