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    STUDIA SOCIOLOGIA - Issue no. 2 / 2018  
         
  Article:   SOCIALIST ROMANIA AND THE FUTILITY OF COLD WAR ANALYSIS.

Authors:  STEVEN G. RANDALL.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  

This discussion looks back at socialist Romania and the collapse of the Ceau┼čescu regime. It suggests that Romania, like all states, socialist, social-democratic and neoliberal are confronted by the same world systemic capitalism and that all states use a mixture of policies involving both capitalist and socialist, democratic and authoritarian features in the attempt to avoid the hazards and to gain the advantages of a global system dominated by capitalist accumulation. Using a diversity of assets and hampered by limitations inherited historically, some will fail and some will succeed as state projects. Cold War era analysis will not be useful as a way to evaluate or predict winners or losers. Likewise, the failure of Communist Romania as a state system could not have been predicted either by its authoritarian or by its socialist policy features.

 

Keywords: communism, socialism, capitalism, neoliberalism, world-system, Cold War, democracy and authoritarianism, UMass Romanian Research Group

 
         
     
         
         
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