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...
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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