Abstract

Rival Views of Postcommunist Market Society. Retake on the Past of a Controversy Dependence of TransitologyAn examination of scholarly debates on the results of capitalist expansion & the influence of communism on the emerging market societies of Eastern Europe illustrates the commonalties between social scientists' views on postcommunist approaches to capitalism & earlier views on the adoption of capitalism by previously noncapitalist societies. Rivalry in the earlier approaches is said to have transformed itself into the current debate. Social scientific understanding of system changes typically involves the hashing out of rival theories, but contemporary competing explanations for postcommunist market society are also tied to the new institutional, political, & psychological ideas that have characterized social science during the end of the 20th century. 4 Tables, 57 References. D. Weibel