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Catching Up And Falling Behind

Post-communist Transformation In Historical Perspective

Catching Up And Falling Behind by David A. Dyker
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In this collection of essays David A Dyker explores some of the most difficult and fascinating aspects of the process of transition from autocratic "real socialism" to a capitalism that is sometimes democratic, sometimes authoritarian. The stress is on the economic dimension of transformation, but the author sets the economic drama firmly within a political economy framework and a historical perspective. Trends in key economic variables are analysed against the background of the struggle between different social and political groups for power and command over resources. While the book pays due attention to topical issues like EU enlargement, the underlying perspective is a long-term one. Transition is viewed not as a set of once-and-for-all institutional changes or a process of short-term stabilisation, but as a historic opportunity to solve the inherited problem of poverty and underdevelopment in Central-East Europe and the former Soviet Union. The book ends with a critical assessment of how economics, as a discipline, has coped with the challenge of that historic opportunity.
World Scientific Publishing Company; January 2004
388 pages; ISBN 9781783260799
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Title: Catching Up And Falling Behind
Author: David A. Dyker
“Transition of the post-Communist states has become a primary area of research for a number of scholars, and David Dyker is one of the most experienced and productive author among them. His latest book proves this in a very clear way … the book of David Dyker is one of the best that was written on transition economies and it could be highly recommended to all who are interested in these issues of transition.” Dr Igor Yegorov
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine