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Transforming Post-Communist Political Economies

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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.


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National Research Council. 1998. Transforming Post-Communist Political Economies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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528 pages |6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-05929-9

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xiv
Introduction 1-10
Understanding Economic Change 11-18
Underground Activity and Institutional Change: Productive, Protective, and Predatory Behavior in Transition Economies 19-34
1 Property Rights in Transition Economies: A Commentary on What Economists Know 35-60
2 Rethinking the Theory of Economic Policy: Some Implications of the New Institutionalism 61-79
3 Missed Markets: Implications for Economic Behavior and Institutional Change 80-101
4 Fuzzy Property: Rights, Power, and Identity in Transylvania's Decollectivization 102-117
5 Rule Evasion in Transitional Russia 118-130
Restructing Production Without Market Infrastructure 131-155
6 Learning in Networks: Enterprise Behavior in the Former Soviet Union and Contemporary Russia 156-176
7 Formal Employment and Survival Strategies After Communism 177-202
8 Observations on the Speed of Transition in Russia: Prices and Entry 203-222
9 Social Policy and the Labor Market in Russia During Transition 223-244
Social Costs, Social-Sector Reforms, and Politics in Post-Communism Transformations 245-271
10 Reform of the Welfare Sector in the Post-Communist Countries: A Normative Approach 272-298
11 Social Policy Challenges and Dilemmas in Ex-Socialist Systems 299-321
12 Health Reform in Russia and Central Asia 322-350
13 Vulnerable Populations in Central Europe 351-369
14 Pension Reform in the Post-Communist Transition Economics 370-384
15 From Safety Nets to Social Policy: Lessons for the Transition Economies for the Developing Countries 385-400
Democracy, Social Change, and Economies in Transition 401-410
16 The State in a Market Economy 411-431
17 The State as an Ensemble of Economic Actors: Some Inferences from China's Trajectory of Change 432-452
18 Possible Future Directions for Economies in Transition 453-470
Research Priorities for Post-Communist Economies 471-490
Appendix: Further Reading 491-496
Index 497-514

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