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Divergent Paths in Post-Communist Transformation
Capitalism for All or Capitalism for the Few?
 
 
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21 Feb 2006
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The most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the successes and failures of twenty-seven countries post-communism transformation. Looking at life after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the book examines and contrasts why some countries have virtually completed their transformation to a liberal polity and economy, while others lag behind. Those that followed a strategy of early and steady reforms on economic, political, institutional and social dimensions have exhibited impressive results in economic performance, attracting foreign direct investment, dealing with the social costs of the transformation and establishing a liberal democracy. Unlike those that have moved gradually, with some countries in a frozen transition after being captured by powerful oligarch groups who have drained considerable state assets.


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The most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the successes and failures of twenty-seven countries post-communism transformation. Looking at life after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the book examines and contrasts why some countries have virtually completed their transformation to a liberal polity and economy, while others lag behind. Those that followed a strategy of early and steady reforms on economic, political, institutional and social dimensions have exhibited impressive results in economic performance, attracting foreign direct investment, dealing with the social costs of the transformation and establishing a liberal democracy. Unlike those that have moved gradually, with some countries in a frozen transition after being captured by powerful oligarch groups who have drained considerable state assets.


Reviews

'Oleh Havrylyshyn has produced an outstanding and clear-sighted analytical overview of no less than 27 post-communist countries, essentially covering the former Soviet Bloc in Eurasia and Southeastern Europe... The book is an important contribution and one of the few that attempt to synthesize the voluminous academic literature on most countries and aspects of the transition... [Havrylyshyn] is refreshingly adept at debunking conventional wisdom, making straightforward observations not subdued by political correctness... Havrylyshyn's opus is one of the best books available on post-communist transition' - Anders Åslund, Eurasian Geography and Economics.


Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowlegements
Foreword
Introduction and Overview
PART 1: BACKGROUND: TRANSITION DEBATES AND STATISTICAL FACTS
Key Debates on Transition
Measuring Progress in Transition
Economic and Social Costs of Transition: A Hard Look at Soft Facts
PART 2: AN EX-POST TRANSITION PARADISM; UNCHARTED WATERS, PIRATE RAIDS, AND SAFE HAVENS
The SS Transition Navigation Model
The Search for a Navigation Chart: Legitimate Debates, Vested Interests, and Reformist Commitments
From Rent-Seeking to Oligarchy to State Capture
A Safe Haven for Market Reforms: Membership in the EU and Other International Organizations
PART 3: A SUMMING-UP
Future Prospects for Captured States
Diverse Outcomes: Liberal Societies, Captured States and Undertermined Politics
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

OLEH HAVRYLYSHYN is Deputy Director of HRD at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. USA.