The market against democratisation – on books of Catherine Samary

Catherine Samary, a professor of the „Dauphine" university in Paris attempts to analyse and interpret the East European systems on the basis of formation theory and through comparing them with contemporary capitalism. The statement should be underlined that the East European economic reforms should be viewed as „a means in the hands of the national bureaucracy to save its own power – that is to prevent a genuine social democratisation". This strata wants to preserve its own privileged position by channelling the reforms to the level of the market and avoid the other alternative of the reform: „the involvement of the masses of people in the control of the economy and society".

(Chaterine Samary: Le Marché contre l'autogestion , Catherine Samary: Plan, marché et démocratie – l'expérience des pays dits socialistes.)