Remaking the Economic Institutions of Socialism: China and Eastern Europe

Remaking the Economic Institutions of Socialism: China and Eastern Europe

Remaking the Economic Institutions of Socialism: China and Eastern Europe

Remaking the Economic Institutions of Socialism: China and Eastern Europe

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When the idea for this book was first discussed by the editors in 1983, there was little cross-fertilization in the study of state socialism. Scholars of contemporary China and Eastern Europe worked on similar problems without the benefit of the current scholarship on the other state socialist societies. To initiate an exchange of perspectives and research findings, and to encourage the development of comparative analysis of China and Eastern Europe, we convened the "Conference on Economic Reform in China and Eastern Europe," May 8-11, 1986, at the Casa de Maria Conference Retreat in Montecito, California. The Conference was sponsored by the Modernization of China Project of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the American Sociological Association. Travel funds for the East European scholars were provided by the International Research and Exchange Board. Scholars presenting papers at the Conference were Thomas Bernstein (Columbia University), Wlodzimierz Brus (Oxford University), Ellen Comisso (University of California, San Diego), Walter Connor (Boston University), Dong Fureng (Chinese Academy of Social Science), Zsuzsa Ferge (Hungarian Academy of Science), István Gábor (Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest), Nicholas Lardy (University of Washington), Cyril Lin (Oxford University), James Millar (University of Illinois), Victor Nee (Cornell University), Mark Selden (State University of New York at Binghamton), Susan Shirk (University of California, San Diego), Dorothy Solinger (University of California, Irvine), David Stark (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Martin Whyte (University of Michigan).

The papers and discussion at the conference suggested to us that a new perspective was emerging in the field. Not a single paper pre-

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