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Beyond Varieties of CapitalismConflict, Contradictions, and Complementarities in the European Economy$
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Bob Hancké, Martin Rhodes, and Mark Thatcher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206483.001.0001

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Central European Capitalism in Comparative Perspective

Central European Capitalism in Comparative Perspective

(p.307) 11 Central European Capitalism in Comparative Perspective
Beyond Varieties of Capitalism

Lawrence P. King

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that any incorporation of the CEE economies into the VoC framework must take into account two fundamental features of these economic systems: an almost complete lack of working-class political mobilization and a completely outdated technological structure. As a result, there is great reliance on foreign investors and foreign purchasers for providing technology transfer and the training of manpower. The chapter conceptualizes this VoC as ‘liberal dependent post-communist capitalism’ to highlight the liberal nature of the state and the dependent nature of the economy. In most the rest of the post-communist world, foreign direct investment, or FDI, and foreign manufacturers play a much smaller role. Instead, patron-client relationships ensnare major enterprises, leading to a decomposition of the bureaucratic (in the Weberian sense of the term) nature of the state. This produces a different variety of post-communist capitalism.

Keywords:   post-Communist, labour, FDI, state capacity, patron-client relationships

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