Parties, Power and Policy-making: From Higher Education to Multinationals in Post-Communist Societies, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Parties, Power and Policy-making

From Higher Education to Multinationals in Post-Communist Societies, 1st Edition

By Silvana Tarlea


148 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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This book explains the conditions under which political parties in government were able to influence economic growth in post-communist European countries. It highlights higher education and international investment as the two essentially related areas that have been steered by governments.

The book illustrates how these countries have become reliant on multinational companies (MNCs), given their governments’ strategy to attract foreign capital, how political and economic factors are intertwined and how political parties in power can have a strong influence on the growth prospects of these economies. Furthermore, it illuminates the extent to which political parties use their space for manoeuvres when enacting policies and how they respond to their constituencies when doing so. It shows how structural conditions such as the dependence on MNCs influence policies, and how this pattern varies across Central and Eastern Europe. The book brings political parties back into the discussion on political economy and back into the analyses of welfare politics, varieties of capitalism, and democratic capitalism.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics and comparative political economy, European policy-making, Central and Eastern Europe, trade, welfare and development, and higher education.

Table of Contents


1. Romania’s Dependent Market Economy: The Role of Higher Education in Setting up a Low-Skills Equilibrium Trap

2. Multinational Corporations and Higher Education: Some Hidden Dynamics

3. Higher Education Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: A perspective on Hungary and Poland

4. Low- and High-Skills Equilibria: What Role for the Government?


About the Author

Silvana Tarlea is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for European Global Studies and in the Political Science Department at the University of Basel in Switzerland. She obtained her Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Nuffield College.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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