Resumen del libro
The twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has stimulated much reflection on the political, economic and social transitions that have taken place in the past two decades. Many Central European and Baltic countries initially appeared to epitomize a successful transition to markets and democracy,becoming full members of the European Union. Yet the impact of the recent global financial crisis has called into question the stability of their success, and the viability of existing political arrangements. This book focuses on the long term development of the former Soviet bloc, providing a stimulating discussion on a range of important issues, including institutional development, demographic trends and the role of civil society. Twenty three eminent scholars discuss the effects and implications of reform policies, providing a unique perspective on the past as well as the economic prospects for the future.
Introduction; G. Roland Innovation and Dynamism: Interaction between Systems and Technical Progress; J. Kornai The Demographic Transformation of Post-Socialist Countries: Causes, Consequences and Questions; E. Brainerd Reform and Inequality during the Transition: An Analysis Using Panel Household Survey Data, 1990-2005; B. Milanovic & L. Ersado Twenty Years of Political Transition; D. Treisman Into the Void: Governing Finance in Central and Eastern Europe; K. Pistor The Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History? G. Roland Misuse of Institutions: Lessons from Transition; L. Polishchuk Civil Society, Institutional Change and the Politics of Reform: The Great Transition; L. Bruszt, N.F. Campos, J. Fidrmuc, & G. Roland Twenty Years Later and the Socialist Heritage is Still Kicking: The Case of Russia; G. Ofer European Transition at Twenty: Assessing Progress in Countries and Sectors; E. Berglof, L. Bruynooghe, H. Harmgart, P. Sanfey, H. Schweiger & J. Zettelmeyer Transition, Structural Divergence, and Performance: Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union over 2000-2007; G.A. Cornia The Long Road to Normalcy: Where Russia Now Stands; V. Popov The Travails of Unification: East Germany's Economic Transition since 1989; C.S. Maier Transition in Southeast Europe: Understanding Economic Development and Institutional Change; M. Uvalic Central Asia after Two Decades of Independence; R. Pomfret