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Why Was ‘Communism Better’? Re-thinking Inequality and the Communist Nostalgia in Central Europe



Rok publikování 2018
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Journal of Comparative Politics
Klíčová slova Central Europe; transition; communist nostalgia; inequality; institutions; globalization
Popis More than twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Central Europeans are past their transitions and have well-functioning economies. Yet, judging by their lingering communist nostalgia, they have failed to notice. Neo-liberal economists argue that transition results in higher inequality, and that economic liberalization widens the gap between the losers and the winners. Through a comparative analysis of Czechoslovakia and Slovakia, this article suggests that it is not inequality per se but a perception of inequality - whether accurate or skewed - that may aggravate domestic tensions in post-communist Central Europe. I propose two factors through which such perception may arise: 1) the nature of domestic political institutions, and 2) the growth of information and communication technology associated with globalization.

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