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STRATEGIC CHOICE AND PATH-DEPENDENCY IN POST-SOCIALISM
Institutional Dynamics in the Transformation Process1129
Strategic Choice and Path-Dependency in Post-Socialism focuses on the distinctive institutional legacies of state socialism and their impact on the transformation of Poland, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia. Strategic dilemmas and problems of institutional design involved in the transition from state socialism to democratic and market-orientated societies are also addressed in this ground breaking volume. A distinguished group of scholars from Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the West, addresses the transformation process from the institutional and evolutionary perspectives in political economy and the social sciences. The first part presents six essays by Western scholars reflecting on institutional design, strategic dilemmas, path-dependency, and the dynamics of post-socialism with a general relevance to the transformation process. The remaining papers provide detailed, contemporary analyses of the transformation of Poland, Hungary, and the former Czechoslovakia respectively. Each part covers the same broad set of themes so that the reader obtains an insightful and authoritative overview of the problems of institutional design, strategic dilemmas and path dependency. This strong combination of theoretically informed comparative analysis with up-to-date case studies, drawing on several years' experience of the countries discussed, will ensure that this major new volume will be welcomed by students and researchers interested in Eastern and Central Europe, comparative economics, politics and sociology.
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'. . . is a stimulating and provocative book. . .' -- Martin Myant, The Economic Journal '. . . it results in a useful collection which begins to lay the basis for a better understanding of interest group dynamics in post-communist economies.' -- George Blazyca, Europe-Asia Studies
Edited by Jerzy Hausner, Professor and Head of the Department of Public Economy and Administration, Cracow Academy of Economics, Poland, Bob Jessop, formerly Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK and Klaus Nielsen, Professor of Social Sciences, Roskilde University, Denmark and Senior Lecturer of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Part 1 Institutional design, stategic dilemmas, and the dynamics of post-Socialist transformations: designing institutions for East European transitions, Claus Offe; not by design - the myth of designer capitalism in Eastern Europe, David Stark; reflections on the fiscal crisis of post-Communist states, John L. Campbell; alternative scenarios for Central Europe, Hans van Zon. Part 2 Institutional dynamics of the transition in Poland: the free market of a social contract as bases for systemic transformation, Tadeusz Kowalik; financial crisis of the post-Socialist state - the Polish case, Stanislaw Owsiak; from corporatism to ... corporatism - the transformation of interest representation in Poland, Jan Gorniak and Jaroslaw Jerschina. Part 3 Institutional dynamics of the transition in Czechoslovakia: transition to a market economy in the former Czechoslovakia, Jan Adam; transformation of the Czech and Slovak economies 1990-1992 - design, problems, costs, Pavel Mertlik; can the Czech Republic develop a negotiated economy?, Ludek Rychetnik. Part 4 Institutional dynamics of the transition in Hungary: reforming alliances - labour, management and state bureaucracy in Hungary's economic transformation, Laszlo Bruszt; centralization, re-nationalization and redistribution - government's role in changing Hungary's ownership structure, Eva Viszka; post-Socialist transformation in Hungary? entering a second stage?, Judit Habuda.