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Party System Institutionalization and Second-Generation Economic Reform in the New EU Member-States: The Advantages of Underdevelopment?

O'Dwyer, Conor and Kovalčík, Branislav. (2005) Party System Institutionalization and Second-Generation Economic Reform in the New EU Member-States: The Advantages of Underdevelopment? In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the conditions under which state reformers in the EU's newest member states can undertake radical free-market reforms. Does party system institutionalization, which is widely regarded as enhancing government stability, yield a political environment more conducive to reform? Or, as this paper will suggest, are there advantages to under-institutionalization? By making it difficult to create a coherent and credible opposition against reform, party system under-institutionalization may actually insulate state reformers from social and political pressures, allowing them to undertake painful reforms hard to envision in a more consolidated democracy. We address this question by comparing recent economic reform attempts in four Central and Eastern European countries: Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Each country has participated to varying degrees in a second generation of radical reforms designed to take advantage of the new economic opportunities offered by an expanded European Union, particularly deregulatory and tax-related reforms.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Estonia
    Countries > Slovakia
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > economic policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Countries > Hungary
    Countries > Czech Republic
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2005
    Page Range: p. 35
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2991

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