A SOCIAL NETWORK ANALOGY DEPICTS INTERSTATE FACTORS EFFECTING THE DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE DISSOLUTION OF THE SOVIET UNION

Shawn McEntee (The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Publication date: 1 July 1996

Abstract

This paper uses a social network approach to explore converging world‐systems hypotheses regarding the effects of increasing integration of socialist countries into the capitalist world economy since the height of the Cold War. Research on interdependence and other power relations among states in the world order cite the development of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and their expanding numbers as evidence of an evermore sophisticated network in which countries have unique positions related to their functioning in the world order. Theories of International Development and International Relations suggest that at the beginning of the Cold War, capitalist states and socialist states functioned in effectively mutually exclusive realms. The balance of power between the US and the USSR perpetuated a world order in which, for the most pan, capitalist states did not engage in political or economic relations with socialist states and vice versa.

Citation

McEntee, S. (1996), "A SOCIAL NETWORK ANALOGY DEPICTS INTERSTATE FACTORS EFFECTING THE DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE DISSOLUTION OF THE SOVIET UNION", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 16 No. 7/8, pp. 45-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013264

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