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Reforming the State

Reforming the State
Fiscal and Welfare Reform in Post-Socialist Countries

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Vladimir Gimpelson, Béla Greskovits, Stephan Haggard, Jerzy Hausner, Robert R. Kaufman, János Kornai, Assar Lindbeck, Joan M. Nelson, Matthew S. Shugart, Vito Tanzi
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  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521774888

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  • Countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe are entering the second decade of political transformation and economic reform. The new policy challenges center on the nature of the social contract between citizens and their governments. The essays in this volume focus on two interrelated issues: the making of fiscal policy and the provision of citizens' welfare, particularly regarding pensions and health care. The essays emphasize that there is no single model of a market economy; rather, governments and publics face a range of options for restructuring the socialist welfare state.

    • State of the art collection on transition countries
    • Senior editor János Kornai is the world's leading expert on the subject
    • Blends economics and political science; moves beyond transition issues to ones on institutions, social welfare, growth
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    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521774888
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface János Kornai
    Introduction Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman
    Part I. Fiscal Policy and Institutions:
    1. Politics of the labor market adjustment: the case of Russia Vladimir Gimpelson
    2. Creating effective tax administrations: the experience of Russia and Georgia Vito Tanzi
    3. Politics, institutions and macroeconomic adjustment: Hungarian fiscal policy-making in comparative perspective Stephan Haggard, Robert R. Kaufman and Matthew S. Shugart
    4. Brothers-in-arms or rivals in politics? Top politicians and top policy-makers in the Hungarian transformation Béla Greskovits
    Part II. The Welfare State:
    5. Lessons from Sweden for post-socialist countries Assar Lindbeck
    6. The borderline between the spheres of authority of the citizen and the state: recommendations for the Hungarian health reform János Kornai
    7. Security through diversity: conditions for successful reform of the pension system in Poland Jerzy Hausner
    8. The politics of pension and health care reforms in Hungary and Poland Joan M. Nelson.

  • Editors

    János Kornai, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Stephan Haggard, University of California, San Diego

    Robert R. Kaufman, Rutgers University, New Jersey


    Vladimir Gimpelson, Béla Greskovits, Stephan Haggard, Jerzy Hausner, Robert R. Kaufman, János Kornai, Assar Lindbeck, Joan M. Nelson, Matthew S. Shugart, Vito Tanzi

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