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The metamorphosis of the communist party: from entity to system and from system towards an entity


  • Maria Csanadi

    () (Institute of Economics - Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


A complex analytical framework, the Interactive Party state model (IPS), is offered for revealing the structural and dynamic background of opposite processes: first, the development of the communist party as a political entity into a politically monopolized regime and then to a social system; second, the retreat of the party as a social system towards a politically monopolized regime or a political entity during the process of transformation into another system. We shall point to the fact that it is the structural background of the differences of the transformation process that brings about the different sequence of the retreat of the party as a social system from economic or political sub-fields first. The different sequence will be accompanied by different economic conditions for political transformation contributing to the complete or partial retreat of the party to either a political entity or to an authoritarian political regime.

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  • Maria Csanadi, 2009. "The metamorphosis of the communist party: from entity to system and from system towards an entity," IEHAS Discussion Papers 0904, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:has:discpr:0904

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    1. McMillan, John & Naughton, Barry, 1992. "How to Reform a Planned Economy: Lessons from China," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 8(1), pages 130-143, Spring.
    2. Gordon, Roger H & Li, David Daokui, 1997. "Government Distributional Concerns and Economic Policy During the Transition from Socialism," CEPR Discussion Papers 1662, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    party-state systems; social system evolution; differences among partystates; varieties of capitalism; path-dependencies in system transformation;

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    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P41 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies

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