Strategic Choice and Path-Dependency in Post-Socialism: Institutional Dynamics in the Transformation Process

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Strategic Choice and Path-Dependency in Post-Socialism focuses on the distinctive Institutional legacies of state socialism and their impact on the transformation of Poland, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia. Strategic dilemmas and problems of institutional design involved in the transition from state socialism to democratic and market-oriented societies are also addressed in this ground breaking volume. This strong combination of theoretically informed comparative analysis with up to date case studies, drawing on several years' experience of the countries discussed, will ensure that this major new volume will be welcomed by students and researchers interested in Eastern and Central Europe, comparative economics, politics and sociology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858980454
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 330

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 Institutional Change in Post-Socialism 3
2 Designing Institutions for East European Transitions 47
3 Not by Design: The Myth of Designer Capitalism in Eastern Europe 67
4 Reflections of the Fiscal Crisis of Post-Communist States 84
5 Alternative Scenarios for Central Europe 113
6 The Free Market or a Social Contract as Bases for Systemic Transformation 131
7 Financial Crisis of the Post-Socialist State: the Polish Case 149
8 From Corporatism to ... Corporatism: The Transformation of Interest Representation in Poland 168
9 Transition to a Market Economy in the Former Czechoslovakia 193
10 Transformation of the Czech and Slovak Economies 1990-1992: Design, Problems, Costs 218
11 Can the Czech Republic Develop a Negotiated Economy? 230
12 Reforming Alliances: Labour, Management and State Bureaucracy in Hungary's Economic Transformation 261
13 Centralization, Re-Nationalization, and Redistribution: Government's Role in Changing Hungary's Ownership Structure 287
14 Post-Socialist Transformation in Hungary: Entering a Second State? 309
Index 325
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