The Democratic Process and the Market: Challenges of the Transition / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- United Nations University Press
The transition of the former socialist countries of East and Central Europe to a pluralistic, democratic system of governance and a modern market economy has involved historically unparalleled changes. In contrast to past examples of systematic transition, democratization in these countries has not resulted from an organic process of development, resting on other social and economic changes, but from "socio-political implosion;" brought about internally by the collapse of their own socialist regimes and externally by the impact of the dissolution and dismemberment of the Soviet Union.
The global information revolution, providing a window upon the transition process, added another dimension to the unique quality of the upheaval. Never before, in the period of modern history, has the process of transition so clearly demonstrated the complex interaction between past and present; political, economic, and social processes; cultural values and institutions, and national and international influences.
This volume offers a specific contribution to the global dialogue on democracy in transition. Eminent specialists in the field, many from the countries under discussion, provide a regional perspective on the interrelation between political and economic change, and delineate the unprecedented challenges recent developments have presented both to the states in transition and to the international community.
|Publisher:||United Nations University Press|
|Series:||Unu Series on the Changing Nature of Democracy Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.47(d)|
|Lexile:||1390L (what's this?)|
About the Author
Mihaly Simai is a research professor at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for World Economics and a professor of International Economic and Business Studies at Budapest University of Economics.
Table of Contents
|List of figures and tables||vii|
|Systemic and political change, and economic transformation|
|1||Criteria and values for assessing the quality of economic systems||27|
|2||The democratic process and the market: Key aspects of the transition in comparative perspective||37|
|3||Establishment of an independent, neutral civil service in the former socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe||60|
|4||Interrelations between political and economic change in Russia and the CIS countries: A comparative analysis||77|
|5||Interactions between political and economic factors in the democratic transformation of Ukraine||94|
|6||The politics of privatization in Croatia: Transition in times of war||110|
|7||Political and economic factors in the democratic transformation of Slovakia: Achievements and problems||127|
|8||The changing political system and realities in Hungary||142|
|9||The political economy of democratization in the Polish transition||162|
|10||Issues and experiences in the practice of democratization: Models and paradigms||185|