Following the assumption that the middle classes are important in the transition from Communism to a democratic market society as its leading actor and guarantor of social integration, this paper presents evidence of the benefits they have gained from the economic and social reform. As these have turned out to be rather modest, it is warned that the middle classes will be more reserved in their political support for rigorous transformation. Special attention is given to the distribution and redistribution of income in which the middle seems to have been neglected, in comparison to the lowest and upper strata which have become better-off. Statistical evidence is complemented by attitudinal data which document both the still strong endorsement of the middle classes with regard to the implemented changes and slowly growing criticism. There is also a certain split between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ component of this important social category.
Střední vrstvy v české transformaci. Interakce sociálně-ekonomické politiky a společenského rozvrstvení
Večerník, Jiří. 1999. „Střední vrstvy v české transformaci. Interakce sociálně-ekonomické politiky a společenského rozvrstvení.“ Sociologický časopis 35 (1): 33-51. ISSN 0038-0288.