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Regimes, politics, and markets : democratization and economic change in Southern and Eastern Europe /
José María Maravall ; translated by Justin Byrne.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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xi, 269 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0198280831
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
isbn
0198280831
catalogue key
1084604
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-256) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-12:
At long last, here is an extensively documented quantitative study on the relationship between economics and politics in general and political regimes in particular, with emphasis (though not exclusive) on the nondemocratic regimes and their evolution toward democracy. Authored by a Spaniard, it has the great advantage of a broader perspective, and quantitative base, than work rooted exclusively in Eastern Europe and the communist experience. The data draw on statistics from all over Europe and also the Americas. The bibliographical base of the study is also very broad; each of the four appendixes has a chronology of comparative quantitative studies on pertinent specific subjects. Throughout the book there is an effort to investigate the impact of economics on politics as well as the reverse influence. In his conclusions, especially insofar as the relationship between economics and democracy is concerned, Maravall is cautious, pointing out that socioeconomic and politicoeconomic factors are not necessarily decisive because beneath them are long-term cultural determinants that vary from country to country in both quality and intensity. This is an excellent book for a discussion seminar, undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate. L. K. D. Kristof; Portland State University
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"At long last, here is an extensively documented quantitative study on the relationship between economics and politics in general and political regimes in particular....It has the great advantage of a broader perspective, and quantitative base, than work rooted exclusively in Eastern Europe and the communist experience....This is an excellent book for a discussion seminar, undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate."--Choice
"At long last, here is an extensively documented quantitative study on the relationship between economics and politics in general and political regimes in particular....It has the great advantage of a broader perspective, and quantitative base, than work rooted exclusively in Eastern Europe and the communist experience....This is an excellent book for a discussion seminar, undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate."-- Choice
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Summaries
Long Description
This ambitious study, by a leading Spanish Social Scientist, analyses the mutual relationship between politics and the economy. Focusing on the experiences of Southern and Eastern Europe, it examines the complex interdependence bewteen democracies, economic growth, social redistribution, and political culture. Are democratization processes the product of previous experiences of development, or of economic crisis? Can political regimes influence economic development and the dirstribution of material resources? In a context of economic constraints, to what extent are social democratic governments able to present a distinct identity in their policies? And can democratic governments, once established, increase support for democratic principles? Professor Maravall explores these and other crucial questions utilizing a wealth of evidence from official statistics to public opinion polls. His appendices also provide chronologies of the most influential studies on these topics, offering valuable background information and ideas for further reading. Oxford Studies in Democratization is a series for scholars and students of comparative politics and related disciplines. Volumes will concentrate on the comparative study of the democratization processes that accompanied the decline and termination of the cold war. The geographical focus of the series will primarily be Latin America, the Caribbean, Southern and Western Europe, and relevant experiences in Africa and Asia. The series Editor is Laurence Whitehead.
Long Description
This ambitious study, by a leading Spanish social scientist, analyzes the mutual relationships between politics and the economy. Focusing on the experiences of Southern and Eastern Europe, it examines the complex interactions between democracies, economic growth, social redistribution, and political culture.
Main Description
This ambitious study, by a leading Spanish Social Scientist, analyses the mutual relationship between politics and the economy. Focusing on the experiences of Southern and Eastern Europe, it examines the complex interdependence bewteen democracies, economic growth, social redistribution, andpolitical culture. Are democratization processes the product of previous experiences of development, or of economic crisis? Can political regimes influence economic development and the dirstribution of material resources? In a context of economic constraints, to what extent are social democraticgovernments able to present a distinct identity in their policies? And can democratic governments, once established, increase support for democratic principles? Professor Maravall explores these and other crucial questions utilizing a wealth of evidence from official statistics to public opinion polls. His appendices also provide chronologies of the most influential studies on these topics, offering valuable background information and ideas for furtherreading. Oxford Studies in Democratization is a series for scholars and students of comparative politics and related disciplines. Volumes will concentrate on the comparative study of the democratization processes that accompanied the decline and termination of the cold war. The geographical focus of theseries will primarily be Latin America, the Caribbean, Southern and Western Europe, and relevant experiences in Africa and Asia. The series Editor is Laurence Whitehead.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Economies and Political Regimesp. 1
The Economic Effects of Dictatorshipsp. 38
The Political Economy of Democratizationp. 74
The Economic Identity of the Leftp. 126
Democracies and Democratsp. 200
The Impact of Economies on Regimes: A Chronology of Comparative Quantitative Studiesp. 245
The Impact of Regimes on Economies: A Chronology of Comparative Quantitative Studiesp. 249
The Redistributive Effects of Social Democracy: A Chronology of Comparative Quantitative Studiesp. 252
The Economic Record of Social Democracy and Neo-Corporatism: A Chronology of Comparative Quantitative Studiesp. 255
Indexp. 257
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