From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland

From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland

Tadeusz Kowalik, Eliza Lewandowska

within the Eighties and 90s, well known Polish economist Tadeusz Kowalik performed a number one position within the team spirit flow, suffering along staff for an alternative choice to “really-existing socialism” that was once cooperative and regulated by means of the employees themselves. within the resulting 20 years, “really-existing” socialism has collapsed, capitalism has been restored, and Poland is now one of the such a lot unequal international locations on the earth. Kowalik asks, how may well this ensue in a rustic that after had the most important and such a lot militant hard work circulation in Europe?

This e-book takes readers contained in the debates inside of cohesion, educational and highbrow circles, and the Communist get together over the way forward for Poland and competing visions of society. Kowalik argues that the disasters of the Communist get together, mixed with the facility of the Catholic Church and interference from the us, subverted efforts to construct a cooperative and democratic fiscal order within the Nineties. as a substitute, Poland was once subjected to a harsh go back to the industry, leading to the wildly unequal distribution of the nation’s efficient property—often within the palms of former political rulers, who, besides overseas vendors, represent the hot capitalist classification. Kowalik aptly phrases the transformation from command to industry economic system an epigone bourgeois revolution, and asks if a brand new social transformation continues to be attainable in Poland.

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