Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Frye, Timothy, author

Title Building states and markets after communism : the perils of polarized democracy / Timothy Frye
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
Online access available from:
ACLS Humanities E-Book    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xii, 296 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents The political logic of economic and institutional reform -- Political polarization and economic inequality -- The pace and consistency of reform -- Political polarization and economic growth -- Political polarization and policy instability: the view from the firm -- Nationalism and endogenous polarization -- Russia: polarization, autocracy, and reform -- Bulgaria: polarization, democracy, and reform -- Poland: robust democracy and rapid reform -- Uzbekistan: autocracy and inconsistent gradualism
Summary Does democracy promote the creation of market economies and robust state institutions? Do state-building and market-building go hand in hand? Or do they work at cross-purposes? This book examines the relationship between state-building and market-building in 25 post-communist countries from 1990 to 2004. Based on cross-national statistical analyses, surveys of business managers, and case studies from Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Uzbekistan, Timothy Frye demonstrates that democracy is associated with more economic reform, stronger state institutions, and higher social transfers when political polarization is low. But he also finds that increases in political polarization dampen the positive impact of democracy by making policy less predictable. He traces the roots of political polarization to high levels of income inequality and the institutional legacy of communist rule. By identifying when and how democracy fosters markets and states, this work contributes to long-standing debates in comparative politics, public policy, and post-communist studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-282) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Capitalism -- Political aspects -- Former communist countries.
Democratization -- Economic aspects -- Former communist countries.
Free trade -- Political aspects -- Former communist countries.
Nation-building -- Economic aspects -- Former communist countries.
Post-communism -- Economic aspects.
Privatization -- Political aspects -- Former communist countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511779712 (electronic bk.)
0511789424 (electronic bk.)
9780511779718 (electronic bk.)
9780511789427 (electronic bk.)