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Gareth Dale & Adam Fabry

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 18: Neoliberalism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

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Neoliberalism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Neoliberalism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Gareth Dale Adam Fabry
Introduction

Prima facie, the relationship between neoliberalism and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union appears simple. Before 1989, the region embodied the antithesis of neoliberalism. Then, it ‘transitioned’ rapidly from ‘communism’ (or ‘state socialism') to neoliberal capitalism. This story is not entirely fictional, but in this chapter, we explore several threads that complicate it. We ask: precisely what changed, in the organization of society, and in the ruling ideas? Did these changes mark the advent of a new, neoliberal policy regime, different from other ‘varieties of neoliberalism'? Why was the post-1989 shift towards neoliberal capitalism, ...

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