Globalization and Catching-Up in Transition Economies

February 2002
17 line illustrations
120 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
ISBN: 9781580460507
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC BUS069020, BUS073000, POL033000

Globalization and Catching-Up in Transition Economies

Grzegorz W. Kolodko

Globalization and post-communist transition are currently two of the most important economic issues. Kolodko considers the links between them, and the way forward for post-socialist economies.
Kolodko, former finance minister of Poland, considers the links between issues of globalization and post-communist transition, the two most important economic features of the turn of the century. He discusses the pattern of economic growth and contraction of the past fifty years, and reviews the options for the next half century. He accounts for the severity of the transitional recession in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union as a result of both the legacies of the past and current policy mistakes, but demonstrates how structural reforms and gradual institutional building have enabled some postsocialist economies to recover. He proposes that, within the wider context of globalization, several of these emerging market economies will be able to catch up with the more advanced industrial countries, but emphasizes the need for quality growth policies and continuing coordination between development strategies and efforts toward structural reform.

Grzegorz W. Kolodko is John C. Evans Professor in European Studies at the University of Rochester, and Director of TIGER -- Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research -- at the Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management [WSPiZ].

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Table of Contents

Globalization and Postsocialist Transformation
Transitional Recession and the Great Depression of the 1990s
Different Paths of Contractions, Recovery and Growth
Policy Response and the Role of Institution-building
Market Imperfections and the New Role of the Government
Small versus Big Government and the Quest for Equitable Growth
External Shocks and the Catching-up Process
Passive Scenarios and Active Policies for the 21st Century
Policy Conclusions

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