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Economic Reforms in New Democracies

Economic Reforms in New Democracies
A Social-Democratic Approach

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Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira, José María Marawall, Adam Przeworski
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  • Date Published: April 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438452

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  • In this book the authors assess the experiences of transition in Southern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Europe in order to determine what the conditions for successful transitions are. They argue against the "big bang" approach, espoused by many advisors to reforming countries, on the grounds that this approach bypasses the newly formed institutions of democracy that ultimately may undermine the necessary consensus to support painful economic reforms. The most successful reforms, they argue, have been those agreed upon through a process of democratic negotiation. A new democracy must offer politically important groups incentives to process their demands within the democratic institutional framework; otherwise, their support will be tenuous and the system may collapse under the strains incurred by painful economic reforms.

    • This is one of the first books on the recent transitions to democracy to be published
    • Topical - analyses how economic reforms can be implemented most sucessfully in new democracies
    • Przeworski's previous CUP titles have performed well (Democracy and the Market (1991), Capitalism and Social Democracy (1985)) and this continues the theme of his earlier work
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    "Powerful and poignant, this book invites readers to abandon their old theories and set out on a new path." Kathleen C. Schwartzman, Contemporary Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438452
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Economic reforms and economic growth: efficiency and politics in Latin America Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira
    2. Politics and policy: economic reforms in Southern Europe José María Marawall
    3. Economic reforms, public opinion, and political institutions: Poland in the Eastern European perspective Adam Przeworski
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira

    José María Maravall, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Adam Przeworski, University of Chicago


    Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira, José María Marawall, Adam Przeworski

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