The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have begun an unprecedented process of rapid change in their political, ecomic, and social characters. Using a comparative perspective, this volume brings together leading scholars from the United States and Eastern Europe to describe and analyze the political democratization and ecomic decentralization in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Germany and the fragmenting Soviet Union. The contributors explore the pace of democratic transformation in each country and find that political democracy has outpaced the development of a market ecomy, and that these transformations have considerable social costs. They also reveal the different levels of risk for Western investors that each country holds. They conclude that each of these countries will eventually develop a market ecomy consistent with its needs and desires, much different from the US model. Shama's analysis includes observations on the abortive coup attempt in Moscow in August 1991. The volume starts with a look at perestroika and glasst in a comparative framework of ecomic and political restructuring. Perestroika and the implications for the future of the states in the Soviet Union are then explored. Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia are also analyzed in terms of the accomplishments of their political and ecomic transformations. The case of East Germany receives special attention. The concluding chapter includes a systematic comparison of the above countries as well as Yugoslavia and Romania. Students and scholars of international politics and ecomics as well as management experts may find this book useful in understanding the recent changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
AVRAHAM SHAMA is Professor of Management at the Robert O. Anderson School of Management, The University of New Mexico. His specialty is the political and economic transformation of eastern Europe. He has published Marketing Solar Energy Innovations (Praeger, 1981) and Marketing in a Slow Growth Economy (Praeger, 1980), and over 40 scholarly articles, appearing in such journals as the International Journal of Management, International Executive, International Marketing Review, and in the International Journal of Accounting.