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Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States$
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Gerald M. Easter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451195

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451195.001.0001

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Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States

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Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States

Gerald M. Easter

Cornell University Press

This book examines the competition between postcommunist states and societal actors over the redistribution of capital and coercion. Focusing on Poland and Russia, it considers the process whereby power, after the collapse of communism, was forced to devise new means of accessing wealth, which, in turn, affected state–society relations. Poland and Russia began the transition from similar starting points but soon ended up on different transition paths, leading to different postcommunist places. Drawing on fiscal sociology, the book explains this divergence by analyzing the interconnected stages of state building. Topics range from the comparative politics of taxation to the systemic fiscal crisis that triggered communism's collapse, the politics of tax reform, how the state interacted with society in the transitional tax regime, state fiscal capacity, and the reconfiguration of state–society relations.

Keywords:   postcommunist state, capital, coercion, Poland, Russia, state–society relations, fiscal sociology, state building, tax reform, fiscal crisis

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