9780521838955

The Political Economy of Poland's Transition: New Firms and Reform Governments

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    9780521838955

  • ISBN10:

    0521838959

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-06-06
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

In the time span of a two-term US presidency, Poland went from an authoritarian one-party state with a faltering centrally planned economy to become a relatively stable multiparty democracy and a market economy with one of the highest GDP growth rates in Europe. A central feature of these economic and political reforms is a high rate of entry of new, domestically owned firms. This book uses detailed economic and political data to examine how these new firms contributed to the Polish transition. The authors test propositions about why some regions have more new firms than others and how the success of these new firms contributed to political constituencies that supported economically liberal parties. The book concludes by contrasting the Polish with the experiences of other transitional countries.

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix
List of Figures xii
Acknowledgments xiii
List of Abbreviations xv
1 Why Poland? 1(19)
2 The Dynamics of the Polish Political Economy, 1990-1997 20(31)
APPENDIX 2A: DATA ON FIRM DYNAMICS AND CREATION
46(5)
3 Creative Destruction and Economic Transition 51(47)
APPENDIX 3A: MODELS FOR BIRTH, SURVIVAL, AND GROWTH RATES AND WAGES
88(10)
4 The Social and Distributional Costs of Transition 98(24)
5 Individual Attitudes and Voting 122(35)
APPENDIX 5A: CODING OF PRIVATE CONFIDENCE AND COMMUNISM MEASURES
147(4)
APPENDIX 5B: STATISTICAL MODEL OF INDIVIDUAL VOTE CHOICES
151(4)
APPENDIX 5C: CANDIDATE POLICIES AND INDIVIDUAL VOTING
155(2)
6 De Novo Job Creation and Election Returns 157(21)
APPENDIX 6A: ESTIMATED ELECTION AND VOTE SHARE MODELS
172(6)
7 Liberal Economic Interests and Seat Allocations 178(24)
APPENDIX 7A: ANALYSIS OF VOTES-TO-SEATS RULES
194(8)
8 The Political Economy after 1997 202(28)
9 The Political Economy of Transition: Why Poland? 230(23)
Appendix A: Assessing Measures of New and Small Firms in Poland 253(12)
References 265(8)
Index 273

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