Transforming Post-Communist Political Economies

Transforming Post-Communist Political Economies

by Joan M. Nelson, Charles Tilly, Lee Walker, Task Force on Economies in Transition
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309059291

ISBN-13: 9780309059299

Pub. Date: 02/11/1998

Publisher: National Academies Press

This ground-breaking new volume focuses on the interaction between political, social, and economic change in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. It includes a wide selection of analytic papers, thought-provoking essays by leading scholars in diverse fields, and an agenda for future research. It integrates work on the micro and macro levels of

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This ground-breaking new volume focuses on the interaction between political, social, and economic change in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. It includes a wide selection of analytic papers, thought-provoking essays by leading scholars in diverse fields, and an agenda for future research. It integrates work on the micro and macro levels of the economy and provides a broad overview of the transition process.

This volume broadens the current intellectual and policy debate concerning the historic transition now taking place from a narrow concern with purely economic factors to the dynamics of political and social change. It questions the assumption that the post-communist economies are all following the same path and that they will inevitably develop into replicas of economies in the advanced industrial West. It challenges accepted thinking and promotes the utilization of new methods and perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309059299
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
02/11/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
IOverview11
Understanding Economic Change13
IIInstitutional Change, Property Rights, and Corruption19
Underground Activity and Institutional Change: Productive, Protective, and Predatory Behavior in Transition Economies21
1Property Rights in Transition Economies: A Commentary on What Economists Know35
2Rethinking the Theory of Economic Policy: Some Implications of the New Institutionalism61
3Missed Markets: Implications for Economic Behavior and Institutional Change80
4Fuzzy Property: Rights, Power, and Identity in Transylvania's Decollectivization102
5Rule Evasion in Transitional Russia118
IIITransforming Management, Labor, and Production131
Restructuring Production Without Market Infrastructure133
6Learning in Networks: Enterprise Behavior in the Former Soviet Union and Contemporary Russia156
7Formal Employment and Survival Strategies After Communism177
8Observations on the Speed of Transition in Russia: Prices and Entry203
9Social Policy and the Labor Market in Russia During Transition223
IVSocial Trends, Household Behavior, and Social-Sector Policies245
Social Costs, Social-Sector Reforms, and Politics in Post-Communist Transformations247
10Reform of the Welfare Sector in the Post-Communist Countries: A Normative Approach272
11Social Policy Challenges and Dilemmas in Ex-Socialist Systems299
12Health Reform in Russia and Central Asia322
13Vulnerable Populations in Central Europe351
14Pension Reform in the Post-Communist Transition Economies370
15From Safety Nets to Social Policy: Lessons for the Transition Economies from the Developing Countries385
VTransforming the Role of the State401
Democracy, Social Change, and Economies in Transition403
16The State in a Market Economy411
17The State as an Ensemble of Economic Actors: Some Inferences from China's Trajectory of Change432
18Possible Future Directions for Economies in Transition453
VIResearch Priorities for Post-Communist Economies471
Research Priorities for Post-Communist Economies : Task Force on Economies in Transition473
Appendix: Further Reading491
Index497

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