Institutions, Human Development and Economic Growth in Transition Economies

Pasquale Tridico

Institutions, Human Development and Economic Growth in Transition Economies

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the economies of Central and Eastern European countries have developed in different ways, with some considerably outperforming others. This book explores the reasons behind this: the models of capitalism that each country aimed at, the role of institutions and of institutional change in development, and the main determinants of economic and human development. Moreover, Tridico also examines the relationship between democracy and development, and questions whether democracy is a prerequisite.

The book also considers the relevance of social capital in transition economies to test the relationship between social capital and development. A comparative analysis of state policies is conducted in order to assess which policies have helped societies in transition to boost democracy, reinforce the middle class, reduce the influence of oligarchs and fill an initial systemic vacuum.

This book will be essential reading for scholars and researchers working in the field of transition and development economics, as well as those with an interest in the rise of the ‘New Europe’.

PASQUALE TRIDICO is Assistant Professor at the University of Rome III, Italy. Whilst studying for his PhD on transition economics, he was Marie Curie Fellow at Sussex University, UK, and at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He spent three years conducting post-doctoral research on a European Union project, working at Trinity College, Dublin, Newcastle University and Lancaster University, UK. In the autumn of 2009 he was Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is external Research Associate at Trinity College, Dublin, and member of the EAEPE Council. He is currently Fulbright Scholar at New York University.

Palgrave Macmillan

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