Main Argument: The study investigates how and to what extent the unstable power relations at the onset of the transition period have been transformed into solid, well-enforced and reliable patterns of the new political and socio-economic order of post-socialist states.
Method: The study uses interdisciplinary approaches and a comparative perspective.
== Notes ==
Looks at the emergence of new order under the following three axis: (includes a time dimension)
1. Material legacies, constraints and sets of habits inherited from the past regime and from the process of its demise
2. Configuration of new actors
3. A new consolidated intuitional order
To institutionalise the social order two criteria have to operate: the horizontal and the vertical dimensions of the consolidation process
– The vertical dimension refers to systems where each actor’s decision making is constrained by higher-order decision-making rules, to which the actor can refer to legitimise his own actions
– The horizontal differentiation refers to the degree of insulation of institutional spheres from each other and the limited convertibility of status attributes from one sphere to another