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Post-Communist Competition and State Development. CES Central & Eastern Europe Working Paper, no. 59, December 2004

Grzymala-Busse, Anna. (2004) Post-Communist Competition and State Development. CES Central & Eastern Europe Working Paper, no. 59, December 2004. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Theories of institutional development have tended to view discretion, or the leeway to act within institutional bounds, as an often unintended consequence of agency design and institutional specification. Yet the post-communist states show that discretion is a fundamental goal of institutional creation among competing elites. In turn, while political competition has been identified as a key constraint on discretion in institutional creation, widely-used indicators of political competition are inadequate. As post-communist democracies show, the number or seat share of political parties matters far less than what parties do in parliament. The key factor is a robust opposition: a clear, credible, and contentious threat to governing parties. Such opposition leads to the rise of formal institutions that both minimize the discretion necessary for rent-seeking, and favor equitable distributional outcomes.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Baltics
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
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    Series: Series > Harvard University, Center for European Studies > Program on Central & Eastern Europe Working Papers Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009
    Page Range: p. 21
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:00
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9274

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