Welcome to Beyond The Transition. Through this blog I hope to be able to relay information and give commentary and analsis on what is broadly termed Central-Eastern Europe (CEE). By this I mean the former state-socialist countries in Europe who accessed the European Union in 2004 and 2007. In particular I shall concentrate on events in Poland - a country in which I live and work.
For the past 20 years CEE has been undergoing a transition from 'communism' to capitalism. This transition has now largely been completed, with these countries integrated into the global capitalist system. This does not suggest that these societies will no longer go through large socio-economic or political changes. Neither does it imply that all the social structures and relations, inherited from the previous system, have been fully transformed; nor indeed that they will not be further reformed or even disappear. Yet, what it does indicate is that the general form of capitalism has already been established in the postsocialist countries and that their populations are now living in ‘really-existing capitalism’.
Of particular interest is how these countries have been affected to the current global economic crisis and also at how this is impacting upon the project of EU enlargement. as this blog will be dedicated largely to Poland we shall start by looking at the current presidential elections here.
Anyway, I hope you'll visit from time to time, find something of interest and perhaps even leave a comment.