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Privatizing the Police-State

The Case of Poland

  • Maria Łoś
  • Andrzej Zybertowicz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Opening Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 3-9
    3. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 10-24
  3. The 1980s: The Post-Totalitarian Party/Police-State?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 27-59
    3. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 60-76
    4. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 77-103
  4. After Communism: The Posthumous Life of the Police-State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 107-123
    3. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 124-153
    4. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 154-185
    5. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 186-197
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 201-215
    3. Maria Łoś, Andrzej Zybertowicz
      Pages 216-231
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 232-270

About this book

Introduction

This is the first book that documents and analyses the paramount role of secret services in the decomposition of the communist system and the conversion of its elites into new capitalists. The surge of civil society in 1980s Poland prompted a parallel expansion of the police-state apparatus. The book traces the subsequent reconstruction and privatization of social, political and material resources of the police-state and shows how these covert operations shaped other, more visible aspects of the East/Central European transformation. A Note from the Authors: Since the publication of this book, the events in Poland and elsewhere have demonstrated the extraordinary influence and longevity of the power networks spawned by the communist police state apparatus and its eventual privatization. There is new evidence uncovered almost daily, whose interpretation would not be feasible without the conceptual and historical framework elaborated first in this book.

Keywords

capital communism crime globalization Marx police revolution secret service service transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Maria Łoś
    • 1
  • Andrzej Zybertowicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of OttawaCanada
  2. 2.Institute of SociologyNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland

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