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AftermathA New Global Economic Order?$
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Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772836

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772836.001.0001

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Central and Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern Europe

Shapes of Transformation, Crisis, and the Possible Futures

(p.181) Chapter 8 Central and Eastern Europe

Piotr Dutkiewicz

Grzegorz Gorzelak

NYU Press

This chapter offers a broad picture of transformations in the former socialist countries now passing under the rubric of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). These countries have very different histories, and the chapter shows that divergence has continued since the end of communist rule. The global financial crisis seems to have driven these divergences even further. Examined here is a surprisingly rapid and deep “Europeanization” of most CEE countries, if anything accelerated by their response to the crisis, as it accentuated their dependence on the western European core. Most CEE countries were spared the worst of the crisis, however, because of the still shallow penetration of banking industries. This may be one reason why the crisis had relatively little effect on the politics of the CEE region.

Keywords:   socialist countries, Central and Eastern Europe, communist rule, divergence, global financial crisis, Europeanization, western European core, banking industries

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