The Neoliberal Revolution in Eastern Europe: Economic Ideas in the Transition from Communism

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Combining a distinctive synethesis of the existing data about the spead of neoliberal economic ideas in Central and Eastern Europe with analysis of the processes of work, the authors challenge a series of misunderstanding and myths about the spread of neoliberal economic ideas. The disputed topics include: the myth of an Eastern European rush to embrace the theories and ideas that may be considered the mark of 'market fundamentalism': the notion that a harsh 'neoliberal dogmatism' was somehow imposed on the ...
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Overview

Combining a distinctive synethesis of the existing data about the spead of neoliberal economic ideas in Central and Eastern Europe with analysis of the processes of work, the authors challenge a series of misunderstanding and myths about the spread of neoliberal economic ideas. The disputed topics include: the myth of an Eastern European rush to embrace the theories and ideas that may be considered the mark of 'market fundamentalism': the notion that a harsh 'neoliberal dogmatism' was somehow imposed on the region from outside; the idea that the standardization and regimentation of economic thinking was a result of the spread of the Western way of doing economics: and the belief that the Eastern European passively embraced this uniformity and standardization due to pressure from the Westerners.
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Pt. I The Spread of Western Economic Ideas in Eastern Europe: An Overview

1 Economic Ideas: Demarcations and Schools of Thought 13

2 Western Economic Ideas and the Fragile Hegemony of Marxism. The Pre-1989 Setting 28

3 The Remarkable Path to Primacy of Western Economic Ideas. Change and Institutionalization After 1989 51

Pt. II Frameworks for Analyzing and Understanding the Spread of Economic Ideas

4 Frameworks for Analysis and Interpretation: Diffusion, Marketplace of Ideas and Growth of Knowledge 83

5 Frameworks for Analysis and Interpretation: From Personal Commitment to Functional Rationality 106

Pt. III Facets, Themes and Cases: Diversity and Change in the Neoliberal Revolution of Ideas

6 A Test of Market Fundamentalism: Austrian Economics 141

7 Western Economics and Local Responses: A Closer Look 160

8 The Flat Tax in Eastern Europe: A Comparative Perspective 184

9 Neoclassical Economics, New Institutionalism and the Eastern European Economic Reform Experience 204

Bibliography 231

Index 255

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