Building States and Markets after Communism The Perils of Polarized Democracy

ISBN-10: 0521734622

ISBN-13: 9780521734622

Edition: 2010

Authors: Timothy Frye

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Does democracy promote the creation of market economies and robust state institutions? Do state-building and market-building go hand in hand? Or do they work at cross-purposes? This book examines the relationship between state-building and market-building in 25 post-communist countries from 1990 to 2004. Based on cross-national statistical analyses, surveys of business managers, and case studies from Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Uzbekistan, Timothy Frye demonstrates that democracy is associated with more economic reform, stronger state institutions, and higher social transfers when political polarization is low. But he also finds that increases in political polarization dampen the positive impact of democracy by making policy less predictable. He traces the roots of political polarization to high levels of income inequality and the institutional legacy of communist rule. By identifying when and how democracy fosters markets and states, this work contributes to long-standing debates in comparative politics, public policy, and post-communist studies.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and the Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. He previously taught at Ohio State University and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Bloomberg Foundation. He is the author of Brokers and Bureaucrats: Building Markets in Russia (2000), which won the 2001 Hewett Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, the American Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, among others.

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The Political Logic of Economic and Institutional Reform
Political Polarization and Economic Inequality
The Pace and Consistency of Reform
Political Polarization and Economic Growth
Political Polarization and Policy Instability: The View from the Firm
Nationalism and Endogenous Polarization
Russia: Polarization, Autocracy, and Reform
Bulgaria: Polarization, Democracy, and Reform
Poland: Robust Democracy and Rapid Reform
Uzbekistan: Autocracy and Inconsistent Gradualism
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