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Eastern Enlargement – Western Enlargement
Cultural Encounters in the European Economy and Society after the Accession

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János Mátyás Kovács and Violetta Zentai (eds.)

Capitalism from Outside?
Economic Cultures in Eastern Europe after 1989

Capitalism from Outside? Table of Contents

320 pages
978-615-5211-33-1 cloth
$55.00 / €50.00 / £45.00

Does capitalism emerging in Eastern Europe need as solid ethnic or spiritual foundations as some other “Great Transformations” in the past? Apparently, one can become an actor of the new capitalist game without belonging to the German, Jewish, or, to take a timely example, Chinese minority. Nor does one have to go to a Protestant church every Sunday, repeat Confucian truisms when falling asleep, or study Adam Smith’s teachings on the virtues of the market in a business course. He/she may just follow certain quasi-capitalist routines acquired during communism and import capitalist culture (more exactly, various capitalist cultures) in the form of down-to-earth cultural practices embedded in freshly borrowed economic and political institutions. Does capitalism come from outside? Why do then so many analysts talk about hybridization?
This volume offers empirical insights into the current cultural history of the Eastern European economies in three fields: entrepreneurship, state governance and economic science. The chapters are based on large case studies prepared in the framework of an eight-country research project (funded by the European Commission, and directed jointly by the Center for Public Policy at the Central European University and the Institute for Human Sciences) on East-West cultural encounters in the ex-communist economies.

“A book that should not be missed, beyond region and EU specialists, by those interested in the new debates on comparative capitalism.” - Claus Offe, Professor Emeritus, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

“The book should be read, not only by people interested in this part of the world, but by anyone concerned with the interaction of economics with culture and history.” - Peter L. Berger, Senior Research Fellow, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University

Haralan Alexandrov, Dragoş Paul Aligică, Roumen Avramov, Drago Čengić, Rafael Chichek, Ildikó Erdei, Vojmir Franičević, Petya Kabakchieva, Irena Kašparová, Jacek Kochanowicz, Éva Kovács,János Mátyás Kovács, Katalin Kovács, Mladen Lazić, Kamil Mareš, Florian Niţu,Horia Paul Terpe, Vesna Vučinić-Nešković, Violetta Zentai

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Welcome to the Dioscuri Project

DIOSCURI – Research project

The Final Project Report of the DIOSCURI project (June 2004-May 2007) is now available for download.

Invoking the mythological figures Castor and Pollux, DIOSCURI focused on current encounters in Europe to predict the ways of cohabitation between the twin economic cultures of the "East" and the "West". The research fields - entrepreneurship, governance and economic knowledge - were explored in four East-Central European countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia) and in four countries of South-Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia and Montenegro).

The research project was funded within the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme. Project co-ordination was provided by the Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University, in Budapest. The project is supported by the Principal Researcher based at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and assisted by an International Board.

The findings of the project was presented at a final conference open to the public, held in Vienna, April 20-22, 2007.

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