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Yastrebov G. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2010. No. 02.
In this preliminary paper I am trying to distinguish and explain some differences in character of social and economic inequality between West and East-European societies with a special focus on Russia. More exactly, analyzing the well-known data set of the European Social Survey 2006/2007 I show that there is a far stronger degree of matching between individual occupation, education and income in better developed European countries than is observed among the post-socialist states. To emphasize this finding I also look at the differences in patterns of intergenerational mobility, according to which the post-socialist societies are far less mobile and ‘meritocratic’ than their Western counterparts. The main theoretical argument behind this, I suggest, is the incompatibility of modern ‘capitalistic’ institutions, such as private property and market, with historical and cultural contexts of development in post-socialist countries. To test this argument I develop the corresponding scale and superpose it with my empirical findings. From this point of view Russia is regarded as one of the least successful cases of transformation, since the initial conditions of its social change were less consistent with the logic of Western modernization, which stood behind the radical reforms of the 1990s, than in any other post-socialist European country.
Added: Feb 14, 2013
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Ястребов Г. А., Красилова А. Н., Черепанова Е. С. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2011. № WP17/2011/02 (ч. 1).
Added: Oct 3, 2013
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Ястребов Г. А., Красилова А. Н., Черепанова Е. С. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2011. № WP17/2011/02 (ч. 2).
Added: Oct 3, 2013
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Липкин А. И. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2012. № 01.
Added: Dec 16, 2012
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Васильев Л. С. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2011. № WP17/2011/03.
Added: Oct 3, 2013
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Черныш М. Ф. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2013. № WP17/2013/01.
Added: Oct 3, 2013
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Shkaratan O. I. Научные доклады Лаборатории сравнительного анализа развития постсоциалистических обществ. WP17. Высшая школа экономики, 2010. No. 01.
The discussion of transformation outcomes has become increasingly tense in the recent years and is now challenging contemporary social sciences. Two major approaches can be distinguished today. According to one of them transformation is a linear process and it refers to logical transition from non-market to market economy. Such understanding of social development constitutes the classic theory of modernization (W. Rostow, T. Parsons). Similar lack of alternativeness is also a characteristic of the increasingly popular world-system analysis (I. Wallerstain). Yet it can be argued that institutional structure and value systems, which determine the inner logics of social development, are not so universal in nature. The end of 1990s has seen the rise of new theories of non-European modernity, the variety of capitalisms and the trend towards distinguishing modernization from westernization. These ideas have received much support in developing countries. We too argue that the difference of transformation outcomes in European and Eurasian areas cannot be adequately explained in terms of single-vector deterministic model. The emerging variety of socio-economic development models today can be explained through the inner civilization differences between countries.  
Added: Feb 14, 2013