At the heart of this book lie several crucial questions: What were socialist cities and what is succeeding them? What is the legacy of the old system for the new one? What are the dynamics of this transition? Are these remade cities similar in most respects to those in the "advanced" capitalist world? Or are they more like the peripheral capitalist cities of the Third World, or some hybrid or new form? How diverse are the processes of transition in the different national urban systems? Is urbanization best understood as a functional consequence of advanced industrial societies, rather than of capitalism or socialism? What role are the doctrines of neo–liberalism, imported from the West, playing in the remaking of urban societies and policies and what are the consequences of this policy "recipe"? These are some of the fascinating and pressing questions addressed in Cities after Socialism.
1. Cities in the Transition: Michael Harloe.
2. Structural Change and Boundary Instability: Gregory Andrusz.
3. The Socialist City: David Smith.
4. Urbanisation under Socialism: Georgy Enyedi.
5. Privatisation and its Discontents: Property Rights in Land and Housing in the transition in Eastern Europe: Peter Marcuse.
6. Housing Privatisation in the Former Soviet Bloc to 1995: Raymond J. Struyk.
7. From the Socialist to the Capitalist City – Experiences from Germany: Hartmut Haussermann.
8. Environmental and Housing Movements in Cities after Socialism: The Cases of Budapest and Moscow: Chris Pickvance.
9. A New Movement in an Ideological Vacuum: Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Klaus von Beyme.
10. Cities Under Socialism: and After: Ivan Szelenyi.