Divide and Pacify
Strategic Social Policies and Political Protests in Post-Communist Democracies
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: Central European University Press
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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...
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...
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...
2. The Unexpected Peacefulness of Transitions
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...
3. Political Quiescence despite Conditions for Conflict
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...
4. Preventing Protests: Divide and Pacify as Political Strategy
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...
5. The Great Abnormal Pensioner Booms: Strategic Social Policies in Practice
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...
6. Peaceful Pathways: The Political Economy of Post-Communist Welfare
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...
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...
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Page Count: 171
Publication Year: 2006
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