The Political Economy of Transition in Central and Eastern Europe
The Light(s) at the End of the Tunnel
First published in 1998, this volume contributes to the debate after the fall of the Soviet Union on the transition of Eastern European, former Soviet countries to a market economy. The transition was an enterprise as daring in practice and historically unprecedented as it is an analytical laboratory subject to constant reflection. The first two chapters address foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern European countries. The rebuilding of social insurance systems is then addressed, with a focus on state pension schemes. The subsequent two chapters examine the political and demographic features of transition countries, highlighting media reform as a key aspect for the consolidation of a democratic, law-based, market economy and society. Focus then turns to Poland, the country which is considered to display the most progress in the political economy of transition. Finally, the controversial issue of the electoral successes of former Communist parties in Central and Eastern Europe is discussed.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. Jens Bastian. 2. The Social and Economic Legacies of Direct Capital Inflows: the Case of Hungary. Péter Á. Bod. 3. Investment Promotion in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. Anne-Ev Enzmann. 4. Introducing Private Pension Funds in Transition Economies of Central Europe. Jens Bastian. 5. The Development of Independent Media in Central and Eastern Europe. Nadja Hahn. 6. Print Media in Romania: Struggling for Independence and Democratic Change. Gudrun Lingner. 7. Development Trends and Economic Policy-Making in Poland. Piotr Jaworski and Ryszard Rapacki. 8. From Former to Post: Communist Parties in Central and Eastern Europe. Jens Bastian.