Employing historical analysis and building on growth theory and modern political economy, Dillon and Wykoff explain Soviet disintegration and analyze efforts to create capitalism in newly independent states. They show how five fundamental economic reforms generate growth, and use an original model to test the connections between reforms, elections and economic performance.
The authors examine the progress of six countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Russia and Slovakia) in terms of each country's history and its successful application of the five reforms. Anyone interested in how capitalism works and why pro-market reforms encounter resistance in spite of their potential for generating higher living standards will find this book essential reading.
Patricia Dillon, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Professor of Contemporary European Studies and Professor of Economics, Scripps College, US and Frank C. Wykoff, Eldon Smith Professor of Economics, Pomona College, US
Contents: Preface Part I: Theoretical Foundations 1. The Withering Away of Communism 2. The Political Economy of Reform 3. Why Private Markets Work 4. Growth Models for Assessing Reforms 5. How Each Reform Promotes Growth 6. Challenges Facing Reformers Part II: Country Chapters 7. Bulgaria: Impatient but Indecisive 8. Are the Czechs Capitalist Superstars? 9. Estonia is Headed West 10. A Taste of Hungarian Goulash 11. Can Russia Make It? 12. Will the Slovaks Stay the Course? 13. The Long and Winding Road Part III: Appendices A. Reforms in Growth Models B. Political Influence, Economic Performance and Reform Efforts: An Econometric Analysis of Six Newly Independent Countries, 1989-1999 Bibliography Index