The overall objective of the joint project is to identify the obstacles to modernization in the state socialist economy and science system of the GDR, to analyse their effects on the past real economic development as well as the impact on socio-economic disparities between East and West Germany until today. The empirical analyses will include inner-German comparisons as well as comparisons to neighbouring countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
The structural and methodical working goals are to scrutinize the complex cause-and-effect context between the obstacles to modernization and the current socio-economic disparities. Within seven sub-projects, the real appearance of the obstacles to modernization and socio-economic disparities will be analysed interdisciplinary and with a methodically pluralist approach. Besides the macro level, the joint project will also consider the system related orientation of single actors at the micro level. The latter were of particular importance after the system change when it became necessary to develop creative entrepreneurial actors out of the formerly restricted players.
The joint project with its interdisciplinary program will close research gaps about the emergence and long lasting effects of the obstacles to modernization. For the first time, a long term (up to six years) project will combine historic, sociological, political science and economic expertise to achieve the above mentioned objectives.