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What Are the Lessons from Post-Communist Transitions?


  • He is grateful to Robert Hahn, Paul Lewis, John Meadowcroft, seminar participants at the University of Buckingham and two anonymous referees for valuable comments and suggestions. Hemal Shah and Katharine Mineyko provided excellent research and editorial assistance. All remaining errors are his own.


This paper provides a review of the literature on post-communist transitions. It outlines the debate between the proponents of rapid reforms and the advocates of neo-institutionalism. Providing evidence from the transitional countries, it suggests an alternative approach, explicitly acknowledging the impact of two categories of constraints on reforms.