The Baltic States After Independence (Google eBook)
Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 241 pages
'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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Democracy and Institutional Change in Postcommunist Countries
ISSUES OF DEMOCRATIZATION
ISSUES OF ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
ISSUES OF STATE AND NATIONBUILDING AND POSTCOMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
ISSUES OF BALTIC TRANSITION
APPENDIX 11 ESTIMATING INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
History and Institutional Change in the Baltic States
ROADS TO INDEPENDENCE
THE SOCIAL COSTS OF TRANSITION
THE ROLE OF ECONOMIC POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
THE ROLE OF INITIAL CONDITIONS
THE POLITICS OF ECONOMIC REFORMS
National Identity Security and Western Integration
STATE AND NATIONBUILDING
THE SOVIET ERA
EARLY HISTORY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
INSTITUTIONAL LEGACIES AND POLICY CHOICES IN THE THREE BALTIC STATES
Reconstructing and Developing Democracy
CONSOLIDATING DEMOCRACY IN THE BALTIC STATES
Economic Development Is there an Estonian Success?
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