Title Globalization Under & After Socialism
Subtitle The Evolution of Transnational Capital in Central & Eastern Europe
Author Besnik Pula
ISBN 9781503605138
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 272
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“Besnik Pula takes another brick off the massive wall of myths surrounding Central and Eastern Europe by kicking off the pedestal the widely shared view that this region’s experience with central planning was autarchic and that industrialization was a pure liability for their turn to capitalism. Instead, Pula’s superbly well-researched book shows how the socialist states’ rich and complex trade, technological, and institutional interactions with the capitalist West’s value and supply chains paved the way for their emergence after 1989 as some of the world’s most transnationally integrated economies. This is empirically nuanced, theoretically astute, and context sensitive social science at its best.”

—Cornel Ban, City, University of London

“This book offers an excellent, well-researched, and highly original analysis. Pula’s sophisticated and persuasive argument provides a valuable corrective to studies that overlook or overemphasize the role of socialist legacies in shaping economic reform in Central and Eastern Europe.”

—Rudra Sil, University of Pennsylvania


The post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have gone from being among the world’s most closed, autarkic economies to being some of the most export-oriented and globally integrated. While previous accounts have attributed this shift to post-1989 market reform policies, Besnik Pula sees the root causes differently. Reaching deeper into the region’s history and comparatively examining its long-run industrial development, he locates critical junctures that forced the hands of Central and Eastern European elites and made them look at options beyond the domestic economy and the socialist bloc.

In the 1970s, Central and Eastern European socialist leaders intensified engagements with the capitalist West in order to expand access to markets, technology, and capital. This shift began to challenge the Stalinist developmental model in favor of exports and transnational integration. A new reliance on exports launched the integration of Eastern European industry into value chains that cut across the East-West political divide. After 1989, these chains proved to be critical gateways to foreign direct investment and circuits of global capitalism. This book enriches our understanding of a regional shift that began well before the fall of the wall, while also explaining the distinct international roles that Central and Eastern European states have assumed in the globalized twenty-first century.



Chapter 1: Globalization Under and Alter Socialism: A Comparative and Historical Perspective

Chapter 2: The Limits of Autarchy in the Periphery: Trade, Planning, and East European Industrialization, 1946-1969

Chapter 3: Upgrading Socialism: Technology, Debt, and East European Reform, 1968-1985

Chapter 4: Socialist Protoglobalization and Patterns of Uneven Transnational Integration After 1989

Chapter 5: Transnational Integration and Specialization in the 2000s: Diverging International Market Roles

Chapter 6: Critical Junctures smite Politics of Institutional Adjustment: Explaining Divergence



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About the Author:

Besnik Pula is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Program in International Studies at Virginia Tech.

Target Audience:

People interested in political science.

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