Factors of Post-Socialist Stateness

43 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2012

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Mikhail Ilyin

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Tatiana Khavenson

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Elena Meleshkina

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Denis Stukal

New York University (NYU), Department of Politics, Students

Elena Zharikova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: March 7, 2012

Abstract

Stateness is the capacity of the state to exercise its fundamental functions. The collapse of the socialist system prompted the former USSR countries to ‘re-invent’ their stateness. The paper focuses on factors that impede or smooth stateness transformations in post-socialist countries. First, the paper examines internal and external factors of state formation in our selected countries. Next, it introduces empirical research vehicles and empirical findings that present alternative patterns of stateness and outcomes of state formation. The paper concludes with a detailed review of certain cases that may be considered prototypes of state formation for the post-Soviet countries.

Keywords: stateness, statehood, state efficiency, socialist states, post-socialist transit, new independent states, post-communism, democracy, regime transformations, state formation, nation building.

JEL Classification: Y80

Suggested Citation

Ilyin, Mikhail and Khavenson, Tatiana and Meleshkina, Elena and Stukal, Denis and Zharikova, Elena, Factors of Post-Socialist Stateness (March 7, 2012). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 03/PS/2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2020937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2020937

Mikhail Ilyin (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Tatiana Khavenson

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Elena Meleshkina

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Denis Stukal

New York University (NYU), Department of Politics, Students ( email )

New York, NY
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.denisstukal.com

Elena Zharikova

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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