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Handbook of the Economics and Political Economy of Transition

Edited by: Paul Hare , Gerard Turley

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415591126
eBook ISBN: 9780203067901
Adobe ISBN: 9781135080877

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Transition from central planning to a market economy, involving large-scale institutional change and reforms at all levels, is often described as the greatest social science experiment in modern times. As more than two decades have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is now an excellent time to take stock of how the transition process has turned out for the economies that have moved on from socialism and the command economy.

This new handbook assembles a team of leading experts, many of whom were closely involved in the transition process as policymakers and policy advisors, to explore the major themes that have characterized the transition process. After identifying the nature of initial conditions and the strengths and weaknesses of institutions, the varying paths and reforms countries have taken are fully analyzed – from the shock therapy, privatization or gradualism of the early years to the burning issues of the present including global integration and sustainable growth.

Topics covered include the socialist system pre-transition, economic reforms, institutions, the political economy of transition, performance and growth, enterprise restructuring, and people and transition. The country coverage is also extensive, from the former socialist countries of the USSR and the satellite states of Central and Eastern Europe to the Asian countries of China, Vietnam and others. The rise of China as a key actor in the drama is chronicled, along with the emergence of a new, more confident, oil-rich Russia. The comparative prosperity of the Central European countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic is contrasted with the mixed fortunes of the former USSR, where some countries are stagnating while others boom.

This Handbook of the Economics and Political Economy of Transition is the definitive guide to this new order of things in the former Communist world.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Transition Economies Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Institutions In Transition  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Did We Go About Transition in the Right Way? Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Is the Transition Over? Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Switching Development Strategies and the Costs of Transition Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Central Planning in the Soviet System Download PDF
Chapter  7:  From Ussr to Russia Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Why did Transition Happen? Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Transformational Recession  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Privatization Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Theories and Models of Economic Transition Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Fiscal Policy in Transition Economies Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Trade Reorientation and Global Integration Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Exchange Rate and Foreign Direct Investment Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Enlargement of the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  16:  EU Accession as an Instrument for Speeding up Transition Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Corruption in the Post-Communist Transition Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Bulgaria and Political Economy of Transition Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Interpreting China’s Economic Growth and Predicting its Future Course Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Towards a New Growth Model in Eastern Europe Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Entrepreneurship in the Transition Economies of Central and Eastern Europe Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Trade and Firms in Transition Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Pyramid State Ownership and Control in the Czech Republic Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Business Environment in the Transition  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  People and Transition Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Status of Women During the Early Transition Process Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Rural Economy and Households in China and Russia Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Labour Markets and Labour Market Institutions in Transition Economies  Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Why has Serbia Not Been a Frontrunner? Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Estonia Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Russia Since Transition Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Rebuilding a Tradeables Sector Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Resource-Rich Transition Economies Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Economic Growth in the Transition from Communism Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Central and Eastern Europe and The CIS Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Communist Asia Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The Great Transformation 1989–2029 Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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