Social class as a factor in the transformation of state socialism

  title={Social class as a factor in the transformation of state socialism},
  author={David P. Lane},
  journal={Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics},
  pages={417 - 435}
  • David P. Lane
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Economics
  • Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics
The process of transformation of state socialist societies has been explained in different ways: revolution, ‘recombinations’ and ‘system change’. Elites and amorphous social forces, such as national movements, feature in theories as major agents of change. Classes have also played a major role in the process of change. Class analysis is distinguished by two different approaches: a political mode, in which class is dependent on political parties and ideology; and a sociological mode, which… 

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