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Two Roads Diverge

Two Roads Diverge
The Transition Experience of Poland and Ukraine

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  • Author: Christopher A. Hartwell, Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), Warsaw and Kozminski University, Warsaw
  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107530980

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  • The dramatic events of Maidan in February 2014 shone a spotlight on the immense problems facing Ukraine. At the same time that Ukraine was undergoing turmoil, its western neighbor Poland was celebrating twenty-five years of post-communism with a rosy economic outlook and projections of continued growth. How could two countries who shared similar linguistic, cultural, economic and political heritages diverge so wildly in economic performance in such a short span of time? The main argument of this book is that institutions, and more specifically the evolution or neglect of the particular institutions needed for a market economy, explain the economic divergence between Ukraine and Poland. This book discusses the evolution of key institutions such as property rights, trade, and the role of the executive branch of government to explain the recent relative performance of the two countries.

    • Takes a unique look at the economic transition of Poland and Ukraine, bringing in the tenets of new institutional economics and focusing on the institutional development of each country
    • Centers on the historical development of institutions in Poland and Ukraine, using several hundred years of data to explain current trends by historical developments
    • Incorporates political science, anthropology, philosophy, sociology and history, while avoiding jargon and remaining relevant across disciplines and accessible to non-economists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Christopher A. Hartwell presents a clear and penetrating comparative analysis of Poland and Ukraine, countries which have followed very different policies after the collapse of socialism. He shows the huge social costs of avoiding radical and comprehensive market reforms.' Leszek Balcerowicz, Warsaw School of Economics

    'Hartwell’s fascinating comparison of Poland and Ukraine is a valuable read, and it will appeal to an audience even beyond transition specialists. His starting point may not surprise: Poland has greatly outperformed Ukraine since the Berlin Wall fell, and did so primarily because it moved much more resolutely on market reforms. But Hartwell creates even greater intellectual excitement by arguing that the most important reform differences lay in the relevancy of institutions needed for a market economy, and in the centuries of historical experience which lie behind Ukraine’s lag in institutional changes. Hartwell weaves these three points together in a masterly way, providing a colorful book full of historical breadth and depth.' Oleh Havrylyshyn, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and advisor to Government of Ukraine

    'Why has post-1989 Poland been a success story and Ukraine not? Providing an answer to this question is the task of a major book by Christopher A. Hartwell, president of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland. The comparison of these two neighboring states is apt, especially given their overlapping history … and the shared experience of communism. … The chapters are a tour de force.' Patrice M. Dabrowski, The Polish Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107530980
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A brief institutional history of Central Europe I: Poland and its political institutions to 1989
    3. A brief institutional history of Central Europe II: Poland and its economic institutions to 1989
    4. A brief institutional history of Eastern Europe: Ukraine and its institutions to 1989
    5. The transition of Poland and Ukraine: two roads diverge
    6. Conclusion - the why of divergence.

  • Author

    Christopher A. Hartwell, Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), Warsaw and Kozminski University, Warsaw
    Christopher A. Hartwell is a leading scholar on the evolution of institutions and President of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland. He is also an Associate Professor at Kozminski University, Warsaw. He has published in prestigious journals such as the Journal for Common Market Studies, Economic Systems, Open Economies Review, Post-Communist Economies, and Business Horizons. In addition to his academic work, he has advised governments and the private sector on economic policy issues in Poland, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Bosnia and Kosovo, among others. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University, Massachusetts.

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