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Theories of Postcommunist Transformation. Approaches, Debates, and Problems of Theory Building in the Second Decade of Research

Author(s): Raj Kollmorgen

Journal: Studies of Transition States and Societies
ISSN 1736-874X

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: postcommunism | transformation | transition | social theory | Central and Eastern Europe

The article explores the current theoretical debates on postcommunist transformations. After identifying important novel or reinvigorated approaches, three of them are critically discussed: the postcommunism approach, the governance approach, and the Europeanisation approach. The examination leads to the result that, indeed, a ‘second generation’ has emerged. It has largely overcome universalistic assumptions and gained explanatory power by more complex theoretical architectures as well as systematic time-space-embeddings or contextualisations. A final consideration makes the case for interdisciplinary and general theories of societal transformations as a necessary step in the advancement of the debate.
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