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Capitalism, Communism . . . And Colonialism? Revisiting 'Transitology' as the Ideology of Informal Empire


John D. Haskell


Mississippi College - School of Law; Durham University

Boris N. Mamlyuk


University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

2009

Global Jurist, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009

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In the context of international law, “transitology” is often used to describe the literature surrounding the former Soviet Union (fSU) and the subsequent reform attempts by Western and Eastern/Central European market reformers. While it is often acknowledged there have been other “waves” of transition, this literature typically asserts that the situation in the fSU is somehow distinct in human history, and thus, to a large extent, unmixable with other past “transition” histories.

Likewise, the story of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, and the subsequent reforms in its aftermath, largely avoid the radar of critical colonial discourses. In short, there is almost no effort to link the fSU to the 19th century colonial project of Western European states, in particular the story of informal empire. This article seeks to re-frame the post-communist transition debate in terms of the broader international challenges of decolonization, “neo-colonialism,” and informal empire building in the West, the former Soviet Union, as well as between the two in the post Soviet space.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Transitology, Transition, Russia, Colonialism, Capitalism, Washington Consensus, Shock Therapy, USSR, Post-Soviet

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Date posted: September 19, 2010 ; Last revised: September 21, 2010

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Haskell, John D. and Mamlyuk, Boris N., Capitalism, Communism . . . And Colonialism? Revisiting 'Transitology' as the Ideology of Informal Empire (2009). Global Jurist, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1679246

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John D. Haskell
Mississippi College - School of Law ( email )
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Durham University ( email )
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Boris N. Mamlyuk (Contact Author)
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ( email )
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Memphis, TN 38103-2189
United States
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