Making Capitalism Without Capitalists
The New Ruling Elites in Eastern Europe
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280 pages / March 2001 / 9781859843123

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Explores class formation and elite struggles in post-communist Central Europe.

Making Capitalism without Capitalists offers a new theory of the transition to capitalism. By telling the story of how capitalism is being built without capitalists in post-communist Central Europe it guides us towards a deeper understanding of the origins of modern capitalism.


“This is a pioneering study by three American sociologists of the transition from state socialism to capitalism in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.”

“Identifies the distinctive features of capitalism as constructed by former Communist Party technocrats and dissident intellectuals on the ruins of a socialist system.”

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