From Solidarity to SelloutFrom Solidarity to Sellout

Kowalik asks, how could this happen in a country that once had the largest and most militant labor movement in Europe? This book takes readers inside the debates within Solidar

Author: Tadeusz Kowalik

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781583672983


Page: 366

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In the 1980s and 90s, renowned Polish economist Tadeusz Kowalik played a leading role in the Solidarity movement, struggling alongside workers for an alternative to "really-existing socialism" that was cooperative and controlled by the workers themselves. In the ensuing two decades, "really-existing" socialism has collapsed, capitalism has been restored, and Poland is now among the most unequal countries in the world. Kowalik asks, how could this happen in a country that once had the largest and most militant labor movement in Europe? This book takes readers inside the debates within Solidar.

From Solidarity to SelloutFrom Solidarity to Sellout

... Joan Robinson, Jaroslav Vanek, Benjamin Ward, Branko Horvat, James Meade, Mario Nuti, Laura d'Andrea Tyson, David Levine, and Milica Uvalic. *Social justice, that is, “support for a fairly just and 184 FROM SOLIDARITY TO SELLOUT.

Author: Tadeusz Kowalik

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781583672990


Page: 270

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In the 1980s and 90s, renowned Polish economist Tadeusz Kowalik played a leading role in the Solidarity movement, struggling alongside workers for an alternative to "really-existing socialism" that was cooperative and controlled by the workers themselves. In the ensuing two decades, "really-existing" socialism has collapsed, capitalism has been restored, and Poland is now among the most unequal countries in the world. Kowalik asks, how could this happen in a country that once had the largest and most militant labor movement in Europe? This book takes readers inside the debates within Solidarity, academic and intellectual circles, and the Communist Party over the future of Poland and competing visions of society. Kowalik argues that the failures of the Communist Party, combined with the power of the Catholic Church and interference from the United States, subverted efforts to build a cooperative and democratic economic order in the 1990s. Instead, Poland was subjected to a harsh return to the market, resulting in the wildly unequal distribution of the nation's productive property—often in the hands of former political rulers, who, along with foreign owners, constitute the new capitalist class. Kowalik aptly terms the transformation from command to market economy an epigone bourgeois revolution, and asks if a new social transformation is still possible in Poland.

Democratisation in the 21st CenturyDemocratisation in the 21st Century

Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout, p. 12. Anderson, The New Old World. Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout. Gati, The Bloc That Failed. Lavigne, The Economies of Transition. Maddison, The World Economy.

Author: Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317202059


Page: 218

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The 2010’s was a critical period in the continuing, established trend of the spread of democracy worldwide: from the Arab Spring countries of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen to the unfolding turmoil of Myanmar and Ukraine, by way of the upheavals in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ivory Coast, social mobilisation against autocratic, corrupt, or military regimes has precipitated political transitions that are characteristic of "democratisation." This book examines the state of democratisation theory and practice that reopens and revives the democratic transition debate, exploring the factors that lead to the demise of autocracy, the pathways and processes of change, and the choice for an eventual consolidation of democracy. For all its insights and shortcomings, the framework of transitology – a body of literature that has comparatively and through case-study analysis, examined common patterns, sequences, crises and outcomes of transitional periods – has been largely eschewed. The essays, written by international democratisation specialists, tackle the series of questions raised by a body of literature that remains highly useful to understand contemporary political turbulence and transformation, considering numerous crucial issues. This work will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of governance, democratisation, comparative politics, international relations, political science and more broadly, history.


Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011), p. 166. Balcerowicz was indeed more of an adherent of minimal government typical of the thinking of Friedrich Hayek. For instance, he favored both a ...

Author: John Feffer

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 9781783609512


Page: 608

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In this unique, panoramic account of faded dreams, journalist John Feffer returns to Eastern Europe a quarter of a century after the fall of communism, to track down hundreds of people he spoke to in the initial atmosphere of optimism as the Iron Curtain fell – from politicians and scholars to trade unionists and grass roots activists. What he discovers makes for fascinating, if sometimes disturbing, reading. From the Polish scholar who left academia to become head of personnel at Ikea to the Hungarian politician who turned his back on liberal politics to join the far-right Jobbik party, Feffer meets a remarkable cast of characters. He finds that years of free-market reforms have failed to deliver prosperity, corruption and organized crime are rampant, while optimism has given way to bitterness and a newly invigorated nationalism. Even so, through talking to the region’s many extraordinary activists, Feffer shows that against stiff odds hope remains for the region’s future.

Democratic TransitionsDemocratic Transitions

Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011). guide to further reading Ash, Timothy Garton. The Polish Revolution: Solidarity. New Haven, Conn.

Author: Sergio Bitar

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421417608


Page: 468

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National leaders who played key roles in transitions to democratic governance reveal how these were accomplished in Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and Spain. Commissioned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), these interviews shed fascinating light on how repressive regimes were ended and democracy took hold. In probing conversations with Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Patricio Aylwin, Ricardo Lagos, John Kufuor, Jerry Rawlings, B. J. Habibie, Ernesto Zedillo, Fidel V. Ramos, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, F. W. de Klerk, Thabo Mbeki, and Felipe González, editors Sergio Bitar and Abraham F. Lowenthal focused on each leader’s principal challenges and goals as well as their strategies to end authoritarian rule and construct democratic governance. Context-setting introductions by country experts highlight each nation’s unique experience as well as recurrent challenges all transitions faced. A chapter by Georgina Waylen analyzes the role of women leaders, often underestimated. A foreword by Tunisia’s former president, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, underlines the book’s relevance in North Africa, West Asia, and beyond. The editors’ conclusion distills lessons about how democratic transitions have been and can be carried out in a changing world, emphasizing the importance of political leadership. This unique book should be valuable for political leaders, civil society activists, journalists, scholars, and all who want to support democratic transitions.

Catholics on the BarricadesCatholics on the Barricades

David Ost, The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Post-Communist Europe (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005); Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout. 38. One of the earliest, most indicative cases was the controversy over ...

Author: Piotr H. Kosicki

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300231489


Page: 424

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In Poland in the 1940s and '50s, a new kind of Catholic intended to remake European social and political life—not with guns, but French philosophy This collective intellectual biography examines generations of deeply religious thinkers whose faith drove them into public life, including Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II, and Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the future prime minister who would dismantle Poland’s Communist regime. Seeking to change the way we understand the Catholic Church, World War II, the Cold War, and communism, this study centers on the idea of “revolution.” It examines two crucial countries, France and Poland, while challenging conventional wisdom among historians and introducing innovations in periodization, geography, and methodology. Why has much of Eastern Europe gone back down the road of exclusionary nationalism and religious prejudice since the end of the Cold War? Piotr H. Kosicki helps to understand the crises of contemporary Europe by examining the intellectual world of Roman Catholicism in Poland and France between the Church's declaration of war on socialism in 1891 and the demise of Stalinism in 1956.

Politics Ideology and Football FandomPolitics Ideology and Football Fandom

From Solidarity to Sellout. The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland. New York, NY: Monthly Review Press. Krzyżanowski, M. (2017). Discursive shifts in ethno-nationalist politics: On politicization and mediatization of the 'refugee ...

Author: Radosław Kossakowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000049855


Page: 264

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Football fans and football culture represent a unique prism through which to view contemporary society and politics. Based on in-depth empirical research into football in Poland, this book examines how fans develop political identities and how those identities can influence the wider political culture. It surveys the turbulent history of Poland in recent decades and explores the dominant right-wing ideology on the terraces, characterised by nationalism, ‘traditional’ values and anti-immigrant sentiment. As one of the first book-length studies of fandom in Eastern Europe, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of society and politics in post-Communist states. Politics, Ideology and Football Fandom is an important read for students and researchers studying sport, politics and identity, as well as those working in sports studies and political studies covering sociology of sport, globalisation studies, East European politics, ethnic studies, social movements studies, political history and nationalism studies.

Embattled EuropeEmbattled Europe

Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland (New York, 2011). 17. Wolfgang Merkel, “Plausible Theory, Unexpected Result: The Rapid Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe,” in ...

Author: Konrad H. Jarausch

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691200415


Page: 344

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"Over the past decade, Euroskepticism has been on the rise, with many predicting the end of the European Union and the failure of progressive European values. With Brexit on the horizon, the far-right in power in Poland, authoritarianism on the rise in Hungary, riots in Paris, and austerity policies in place across the continent, it often seems that there is little reason to be optimistic about Europe's future or proud of its recent past. Konrad Jarausch begs to differ. In this book, which he will write as a Tony Judt-style extended essay, he traces the history of Europe since 1989 and finds much cause for hope. Despite the Greek debt crisis, the weak reaction to the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine, and other failures that Euroskeptics cite frequently, the European model is strong. Jarausch ends his narrative by pointing to successes, such as Danish efforts to combat global warming, Sweden's restructuring of its welfare system, and Spain's transition to democracy and its ability to cope with a large influx of immigrants, among many other issues. Though Europe has many challenges to overcome in the next few decades, it still presents a powerful alternative to American-style unbridled capitalism and right-wing populism. Jarausch will color his narrative with his own impressions of living in both Europe and the United States at various points during this period"--

Central and East European PoliticsCentral and East European Politics

The Polish Revolution: Solidarity. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. Kowalik, Tadeusz. From Solidarity to Sellout. Translated by Eliza Lewandowska. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012. Websites Center for Public Opinion ...

Author: Sharon L. Wolchik

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442224223


Page: 566

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Now in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the post-communist half of Europe and the problems and potential it brings to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, the book offers an authoritative and current analysis of the region’s transformations and realities—from pre-communist history to the victories and reversals in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine, including the Euromaidan and its domestic and international ramifications. Divided into two parts, the book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including EU and NATO expansion, the economic transition and its social ramifications, the role of women, persistent problems of ethnicity and nationalism, legacies of the past, and political reform. Leading scholars provide the crucial historical context necessary to evaluate the challenges facing the region. They explain how communism ended and how democratic politics has developed or is struggling to emerge in its wake, how individual countries have transformed their economies, how their populations have been affected by rapid and wrenching change, and how foreign policy making has evolved. They explore the reversals and conflicts that have emerged even in the most successful transitions and their relevance to our understanding of political transitions and democratic consolidation in general. For students and specialists alike, this book will be an invaluable resource on the politics and economics of Central and Eastern Europe, caught between the EU and a resurgent Russia.

Economic Neoliberalism and International DevelopmentEconomic Neoliberalism and International Development

... trade union Solidarity, thought that the process was not like making fish soup with goldfish from an aquarium, ... heartfelt critique of the restoration of capitalism in Poland, gave his book the title From Solidarity to Sellout.

Author: Michael Tribe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000282597


Page: 264

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This book provides a robust theoretical and empirical exploration of the interrelationship between economic neoliberalism and international development. Putting the experiences of developing and transitional economies centre stage, the book investigates how their economic policies compare with the nature of economic liberalism during and after the significant economic reforms which took place from the mid-1980s. Beginning with two chapters which provide an introduction to the concept of economic neoliberalism, the second section focusses on its application to ‘practice’, and the book moves on to country/regional case studies, taken from Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, China, and Eastern Europe. The book closes with some concluding remarks summarising some of the principal findings. Bringing together a wealth of expertise, this book clarifies controversial economic and political issues which have been significantly misunderstood in public discourse, and as such, it will be of interest to a range of researchers interested in the economic, social and political dynamics of developing and transitional countries.

Christian Democracy and the Fall of CommunismChristian Democracy and the Fall of Communism

both the state and Solidarity's old guiding idea of autogestion from the heart of Poland's political economy. ... 51 See, e.g., Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland, trans.

Author: Michael Gehler

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9789462702165


Page: 352

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Debates on the role of Christian Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe too often remain strongly tied to national historiographies. With the edited collection the contributing authors aim to reconstruct Christian Democracy’s role in the fall of Communism from a bird's-eye perspective by covering the entire region and by taking “third-way” options in the broader political imaginary of late-Cold War Europe into account. The book’s twelve chapters present the most recent insights on this topic and connect scholarship on the Iron Curtain’s collapse with scholarship on political Catholicism. Christian Democracy and the Fall of Communism offers the reader a two-fold perspective. The first approach examines the efforts undertaken by Western European actors who wanted to foster or support Christian Democratic initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe. The second approach is devoted to the (re-)emergence of homegrown Christian Democratic formations in the 1980s and 1990s. One of the volume’s seminal contributions lies in its documentation of the decisive role that Christian Democracy played in supporting the political and anti-political forces that engineered the collapse of Communism from within between 1989 and 1991.

Critical Perspectives on EntrepreneurshipCritical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship

Kowalik, T. (2012), From Solidarity to Sellout. The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland, New York: Monthly Review Press. Laclau, E. and Mouffe, C. (1985), Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, London: Verso. Lesniewski, B. and Zielin ́ski, ...

Author: Caroline Essers

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317382010


Page: 268

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Entrepreneurship is largely considered to be a positive force, driving venture creation and economic growth. Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship questions the accepted norms and dominant assumptions of scholarship on the matter, and reveals how they can actually obscure important questions of identity, ideology and inequality. The book’s distinguished authors and editors explore how entrepreneurship study can privilege certain forms of economic action, whilst labelling other, more collective forms of organization and exchange as problematic. Demystifying the archetypal vision of the white, male entrepreneur, this book gives voice to other entrepreneurial subjectivities and engages with the tensions, paradoxes and ambiguities at the heart of the topic. This challenging collection seeks to further the momentum for alternate analyses of the field, and to promote the growing voice of critical entrepreneurship studies. It is a useful tool for researchers, advanced students and policy-makers.

Neoliberal ResilienceNeoliberal Resilience

From Solidarity to Sellout. New York: Monthly Review Press. Krueger, Anne O. 1974. “The Political Economy of the Rent-Seeking Society.” American Economic Review 64 (3): 291–303. Kruk, Marynia. 2012. “Poland Continues Privatization Drive ...

Author: Aldo Madariaga

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691201603


Page: 368

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An exploration of the factors behind neoliberalism’s resilience in developing economies and what this could mean for democracy’s future Since the 1980s, neoliberalism has withstood repeated economic shocks and financial crises to become the hegemonic economic policy worldwide. Why has neoliberalism remained so resilient? What is the relationship between this resiliency and the backsliding of Western democracy? Can democracy survive an increasingly authoritarian neoliberal capitalism? Neoliberal Resilience answers these questions by bringing the developing world’s recent history to the forefront of our thinking about democratic capitalism’s future. Looking at four decades of change in four countries once considered to be leading examples of effective neoliberal policy in Latin America and Eastern Europe—Argentina, Chile, Estonia, and Poland—Aldo Madariaga examines the domestic actors and institutions responsible for defending neoliberalism. Delving into neoliberalism’s political power, Madariaga demonstrates that it is strongest in countries where traditional democratic principles have been slowly and purposefully weakened. He identifies three mechanisms through which coalitions of political, institutional, and financial forces have propagated neoliberalism’s success: the privatization of state companies to create a supporting business class, the use of political institutions to block the representation of alternatives in congress, and the constitutionalization of key economic policies to shield them from partisan influence. Madariaga reflects on today’s most pressing issues, including the influence of increasing austerity measures and the rise of populism. A comparative exploration of political economics at the peripheries of global capitalism, Neoliberal Resilience investigates the tensions between neoliberalism’s longevity and democracy’s gradual decline.

The Global Rise of Authoritarianism in the 21st CenturyThe Global Rise of Authoritarianism in the 21st Century

From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of.

Author: Berch Berberoglu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000171068


Page: 312

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Neoliberal globalization is in deep crisis. This crisis is manifested on a global scale and embodies a number of fundamental contradictions, a central one of which is the global rise of authoritarianism and fascism. This emergent form of authoritarianism is a right-wing reaction to the problems generated by globalization supported and funded by some of the largest and most powerful corporations in their assault against social movements on the left to prevent the emergence of socialism against global capitalism. As the crisis of neoliberal global capitalism unfolds, and as we move to the brink of another economic crisis and the threat of war, global capitalism is once again resorting to authoritarianism and fascism to maintain its power. This book addresses this vital question in comparative-historical perspective and provides a series of case studies around the world that serve as a warning against the impending rise of fascism in the 21st century.

Eastern European Music Industries and Policies after the Fall of CommunismEastern European Music Industries and Policies after the Fall of Communism

From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland. New York: Monthly Review Press. Lau, Lawrence J., Yingyi Qian, and Gerard Roland. 2000. 'Reform Without Losers: An Interpretation of China's Dual-Track Approach to ...

Author: Patryk Galuszka

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000374599


Page: 240

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Eastern Europe during the last thirty years has been a place of radical political, economic, and social transformation, and these changes have affected the cultural industries of various countries. Thirteen chapters by a selection of leading international researchers document the stories of various organisations that once dominated the ‘communist music industries’, such as state-owned record companies, music festivals, and collecting societies. The strategies employed by artists and industries to join international music markets after the fall of communism are explained and evaluated. Political and economic transformations coincided with the advent of digitalisation and the Internet, which intensified the changes. All these issues posed challenges both to record labels and artists who, after adjusting to the rules of the free-market economy, were faced with the falling sales of records caused by the advent of new communication technologies. This book examines how these processes have affected the music industries, scenes, and markets in various Eastern European countries

On the World and OurselvesOn the World and Ourselves

54 Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland, trans. Eliza Lewandowska, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011. 55 56 Ibid. 57 Ibid.

Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745687155


Page: 180

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Unde malum from where does evil come? That is the question that has plagued humankind ever since Eve, seduced by the serpent, tempted Adam to taste the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Throughout history the awareness of good and evil has always been linked to the awareness of choice and to the freedom and responsibility to choose this is what makes us human. But the responsibility to choose is a burden that weighs heavily on our shoulders, and the temptation to hand this over to someone else be they a demagogue or a scientist who claims to trace everything back to our genes is a tempting illusion, like the paradise in which humans have at last been relieved of the moral responsibility for their actions. In the second series of their conversations Zygmunt Bauman and Stanislaw Obirek reflect on the life challenges confronted by the denizens of the fragmented, individualized society of consumers and the form taken in such a society by the fundamental aspects of the human condition - such as human responsibility for the choice between good and evil, self-formation and self-assertion, the need for recognition or the call to empathy, mutual respect, human dignity and tolerance.

Hungary s Crisis of DemocracyHungary s Crisis of Democracy

From Solidarity to Sellout. NYU Press. Krastev, I. (2006). Democracy's” Doubles”. Journal of Democracy, 17(2), 52–62. Krastev, I. (2000). The liberal estate: Reflections on the politics of think tanks in central and Eastern Europe.

Author: Peter Wilkin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739187920


Page: 250

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This book examines the crisis of democracy in Hungary since the election of the Fidesz government in 2010. It argues that Fidesz seeks to challenge the capitalist and democratic transformation that shaped Hungary after the fall of communism by increasing the power of the state over crucial aspects of the economy, society, and the political system.

Europe s Growth ChampionEurope s Growth Champion

2006. Spory o ustrój społeczno-gospodarczy w Polsce, lata 1944–1948, WarSzawa. Kowalik, Tadeusz. 2012. From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland. New York: Monthly Review Press. Koźminiski, Andrzej K. 1993.

Author: Marcin Piatkowski

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192506382


Page: 472

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What makes countries rich? What makes countries poor? Europe's Growth Champion: Insights from the Economic Rise of Poland seeks to answer these questions, and many more, through a study of one of the biggest, and least heard about, economic success stories. Over the last twenty-five years Poland has transitioned from a perennially backward, poor, and peripheral country to unexpectedly join the ranks of the world's high income countries. Europe's Growth Champion is about the lessons learned from Poland's remarkable experience, the conditions that keep countries poor, and the challenges that countries need to face in order to grow. It defines a new growth model that Poland and its Eastern European peers need to adopt to grow and catch up with their Western counterparts. Poland's economic rise emphasizes the importance of the fundamental sources of growth- institutions, culture, ideas, and leaders- in economic development. It demonstrates that a shift from an extractive society, where the few rule for the benefit of the few, to an inclusive society, where many rule for the benefit of many, can be the key to economic success. *IEurope's Growth Champion asserts that a newly emerged inclusive society will support further convergence of Poland and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe with the West, and help to sustain the region's Golden Age. It also acknowledges the future challenges that Poland faces, and that moving to the core of the European economy will require further reforms and changes in Poland's developmental character.

Comparative Economic Studies in EuropeComparative Economic Studies in Europe

From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland. New York, NY: Monthly Review Press. Kurowski, S. (1990). Polityka gospodarcze PRL. Warsaw: Editions Spotkanie. Lewandowski, J., & Szomburg, J. (1985).

Author: Wladimir Andreff

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030482954


Page: 455

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This book is written in honor of Horst Brezinski and explores a wide and diverse range of topics related to comparative economic studies. Containing contributions from a number of former Presidents of the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies, the chapters discuss the hard budget constraint, economic transformation in Central Eastern Europe, illiberal democracy, sovereign wealth fund, higher education, the euro, the shadow economy, multinational companies, and economic power. Additional attention is given to new areas of study such as the digital economy and sports economics. This book aims to examine comparative economies across a wide range of geographical areas including China, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Poland, and the United States and will be relevant to those interested in emerging and transition economies, the political economy, economic policy, and international relations.

States of ExceptionStates of Exception

13 Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland, transl Eliza Lewandowska (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011) 26. 14 Cf. Lech Mażewski, Posttotalitarny autorytaryzm PRL 1956–1989.

Author: Cosmin Cercel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429663796


Page: 232

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This book addresses the relevance of the state of exception for the analysis of law, while reflecting on the deeper symbolic and jurisprudential significance of the coalescence between law and force. The concept of the state of exception has become a central topos in political and legal philosophy as well as in critical theory. The theoretical apparatus of the state of exception sharply captures the uneasy relationship between law, life and politics in the contemporary global setting, while also challenging the comforting narratives that uncritically connect democracy with the tradition of the rule of law. Drawing on critical legal theory, continental jurisprudence, political philosophy and history, this book explores the genealogy of the concept of the state of exception and reflects on its legal embodiment in past and present contexts – including Weimar and Nazi Germany, contemporary Europe and Turkey. In doing so, it explores the disruptive force of the exception for legal and political thought, as it recuperates its contemporary critical potential. The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the field of jurisprudence, philosophy and critical legal theory.