The Great Transformation

Four years have now passed since the implosion of the communist state in Poland set in train a process that led to the collapse of the other Central European communist states.

Issue: Fall 1993

Four years have now passed since the implosion of the communist state in Poland set in train a process that led to the collapse of the other Central European communist states. Two years have now passed since the implosion of the Soviet system itself, following five years of agonizing "perestroika." It is, therefore, not too early to try to draw some lessons from the subsequent attempts to create, on the ruins of the communist systems, politically viable and economically successful democracies.

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