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Despite seemingly successful reforms in many post-communist countries, increasing numbers of people have been sliding from the middle class into poverty. Nostalgia for the late communist era is on the rise, and a new study warns that the perceived levels of social and economic decline surpass the actual ones-- which could spell trouble for the reformers.
Mason, David S., "The MIDDLE CLASS: Increasingly Fond Memories of a Grim Past" Transition / (1997): 15-19.
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