Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Tables

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pp. ix-x

List of Figures

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pp. xi-xiii

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Foreword

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pp. xv-xviii

While I am writing these lines, cars are aflame in the suburbs of Paris and other French cities. A state founded on the rule of law can obviously not tolerate vandalism. It should protect order and private property, and punish violent transgressions...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xix-xx

For financial support during the writing of this book, I am most grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, Britain), the Fund for Scientific Research (FWO, Flanders), and the Department of Economics at the University...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Transitions to democracy, especially when accompanied by deep economic reforms, have often led to massive strikes and protests. Periods of expanding political opportunities have historically been conducive to large-scale protest cycles...

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2. The Unexpected Peacefulness of Transitions

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pp. 9-27

Deep economic reforms, however urgent, often have short and turbulent life spans. During the 1970s and 1980s, a large number of countries in Latin America and the developing world experienced repeated waves of protests, strikes, riots, and casualties...

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3. Political Quiescence despite Conditions for Conflict

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pp. 29-48

Enjoying the benefit of hindsight, it is often easy to forget the genuine uncertainties experienced by actors at a time when what is history today was still unfolding. Judging by many variables traditionally associated with industrial action, and seen through...

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4. Preventing Protests: Divide and Pacify as Political Strategy

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pp. 49-72

Throughout history, political stability and social order have generally been prerequisites for economic growth and prosperity.1 Assuming that early post-communist governments considered large-scale disruption by reform losers to be likely, how could they...

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5. The Great Abnormal Pensioner Booms: Strategic Social Policies in Practice

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pp. 73-95

How have post-communist governments allocated their scarce resources towards different social groups? In keeping with Taylor’s (1988a) emphasis that we need both individualist explanations of structures and other macro-phenomena and structuralist...

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6. Peaceful Pathways: The Political Economy of Post-Communist Welfare

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pp. 97-132

Why, far from retrenching maturing pensions systems, did resource-constrained governments pass early laws that positively worsened pension finances? How did the Great Abnormal Pensioner Booms of the early 1990s affect the Hungarian...

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7. Conclusions

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pp. 133-140

The 1990s have been a high-charged, fast-paced decade in Central and Eastern Europe. These years have seen great hopes, widespread disappointments and, crucially, stunning accomplishments in reforming communist states into liberal market...

References

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pp. 141-164

Index of Names

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pp. 165-166

Subject Index

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pp. 167-170

Back Cover

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pp. 192-192