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Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States

Gerald M. Easter


The postcommunist transitions produced two very different types of states. The “contractual” state is associated with the countries of Eastern Europe, which moved toward democratic regimes, consensual relations with society, and clear boundaries between political power and economic wealth. The “predatory” state is associated with the successors to the USSR, which instead developed authoritarian regimes, coercive relations with society, and poorly defined boundaries between the political and economic realms. This book shows how the cumulative result of the many battles between state coercion an ... More

Keywords: postcommunist transition, Poland, Russia, coercion, capital, postcommunism, civil society, capitalism, contractual state, predatory state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451195
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald M. Easter, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston College