The Neoliberal Revolution In Eastern Europe
Economic Ideas in the Transition from Communism
Paul Dragos Aligica, Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, US and Anthony J. Evans, Assistant Professor of Economics, ESCP-EAP European School of Management, UK
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Series: New Thinking in Political Economy series
Very few studies have ventured to explore the shift in economic ideas that were such a critical factor in shaping and understanding the East European transition process. Paul Dragos Aligica and Anthony J. Evans have seized upon the potential that this crucial case has to illuminate the larger phenomenon of diffusion and adoption of economic ideas. Two different but related research agendas are developed: the study of the spread of ‘neoliberalism’ as seen from the perspective of Eastern European post-communist evolutions and the study of Eastern European transition as seen from an ideas-centered perspective.
Contents: Introduction Part I: The Spread of Western Economic Ideas in Eastern Europe: An Overview 1. Economic Ideas: Demarcations and Schools of Thought 2. Western Economic Ideas and the Fragile Hegemony of Marxism: The Pre-1989 Setting 3. The Remarkable Path to Primacy of Western Economic Ideas: Change and Institutionalization after 1989 Part II: Frameworks for Analyzing and Understanding the Spread of Economic Ideas 4. Frameworks for Analysis and Interpretation: Diffusion, Marketplace of Ideas and Growth of Knowledge 5. Frameworks for Analysis and Interpretation: From Personal Commitment to Functional Rationality Part III: Facets, Themes and Cases: Diversity and Change in the Neoliberal Revolution of Ideas 6. A Test of Market Fundamentalism: Austrian Economics 7. Western Economics and Local Responses: A Closer Look 8. The Flat Tax in Eastern Europe: A Comparative Perspective 9. Neoclassical Economics, New Institutionalism and the Eastern European Economic Reform Experience Conclusions Bibliography Index