The Baltic States After Independence (Google eBook)

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Ole Nørgaard
Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 241 pages
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'The Baltic States After Independence is an excellent and informative account of how the Baltic republics have failed. . . . This excellent book is indispensable for any scholar studying the former Soviet Union. Although this book will be a definitive reference for transition scholars, it deserves a wider audience. I would encourage every economics major to read it, or at least parts of it. Too often the economics curriculum, tainted by orthodoxy, ignores the interdependence of economics, politics, and international relations. The authors superbly demonstrate that markets do not develop independently and ahistorically, rather their development is path dependent and guided by a qualified and efficient state apparatus. I can think of no better book that disparages neoclassical orthodoxy almost to the point of irrelevancy, while at the same time vindicating the central tenets of institutionalism.'
- Jack Reardon, Journal of Economic Issues
Acclaim for the first edition:
'The book is of great help in understanding the Baltic states, in particular the survival of what has been referred to as the civil society and the (re)-establishment of democracy.'
- Ulf Hansson, Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity
The second edition of this widely acclaimed book considers the extent to which the Baltic states have succeeded politically and economically in their aspirations to emulate Western institutions since independence. The book has been completely revised since the first edition to account for the rapid changes in the countries themselves, and in the theories that attempt to generalize the patterns of development in post-communist countries.
  

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Contents

Democracy and Institutional Change in Postcommunist Countries
1
ISSUES OF DEMOCRATIZATION
5
ISSUES OF ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
8
ISSUES OF STATE AND NATIONBUILDING AND POSTCOMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
12
ISSUES OF BALTIC TRANSITION
15
APPENDIX 11 ESTIMATING INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
17
History and Institutional Change in the Baltic States
21
ROADS TO INDEPENDENCE
22
THE SOCIAL COSTS OF TRANSITION
122
THE ROLE OF ECONOMIC POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
128
THE ROLE OF INITIAL CONDITIONS
143
THE POLITICS OF ECONOMIC REFORMS
146
CONCLUSION
153
NOTES
155
National Identity Security and Western Integration
156
STATE AND NATIONBUILDING
157

THE SOVIET ERA
31
INDEPENDENCE 19201940
38
EARLY HISTORY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
47
INSTITUTIONAL LEGACIES AND POLICY CHOICES IN THE THREE BALTIC STATES
53
NOTES
55
Reconstructing and Developing Democracy
56
POLITICAL CULTURE
95
CONSOLIDATING DEMOCRACY IN THE BALTIC STATES
103
NOTES
105
Economic Development Is there an Estonian Success?
107
MEASURING SUCCESS
108
ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL REORIENTATION
165
SECURITY POLICIES
183
CONCLUSION
196
NOTES
199
Institutional Adaptation in New Democracies
201
BALTIC TRANSITION AND THEORIES OF TRANSITION AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
205
Baltic Political Parties
211
References
214
Index
234
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