The Aftermath of Socialism in Eastern Europe

2256 WordsFeb 26, 20189 Pages
Introduction The aftermath of the fall of state socialism in Eastern Europe came with hope and high expectations from the world at large. Many people awaited the justification of the liberal democratic model in the emerging social and political environments. The concept of civil society that had been idealized by many western European and American nations was central to the discourse of transformation. It represented the voice of the hitherto marginalized and repressed people who were expected to emerge from the ruined regime of state-organized collectivity. There was great anticipation in the affairs of women concerning their mobilization. This is because they were the most affected groups socially and economically during the transition. The transformation from state socialism to liberal democracy since 1989 was accompanied by fundamental shifts in the material conditions of society and daily life. Many Eastern European countries have been transformed into market economies and liberal democracies. They have been assimilated into NATO and the European Union. However, both the economy and the political transformations have been radical. This is because the changeover from socialism to capitalism in most Eastern European countries was without precedent (Swain, 2011). The reworking the discourses and concepts used to make sense of the social and political landscape led political and economic changes in Eastern Europe. However, not all groups have fared well in the
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