Integrating the international pressures emanating from the Washington Consensus with an analysis of domestic interest representation, this book explores the political consequences of privatization and the progress of democracy in Eastern Europe. Chris Hasselmann investigates whether the issue of pension reform offers a natural controlled experiment with which to explore both issues throughout the region and the former Soviet Union. The volume will prove of value to those with an interest in public policy and governance issues, the politics of Eastern Europe and political theory more generally.
Contents: Introduction; Democracy and the politics of reform; The case of Poland; The case of Hungary; The case of the Czech Republic; Conclusion. Appendices: A pension system primer; Coding scheme for the model of collective action; Data for figure 1.1; Sources of data. Index.