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Trade liberalization and political support in transition economies

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  • Norbert Wunner
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    Most transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe have rather surprisingly resisted protectionist pressures-at least during early stages of reform-and pursued fairly liberal trade policies. In this paper, trade policy during transition is explained from a political economy perspective. It is shown that pursuing liberal trade policies can be a rational strategy of reform politicians, maximizing the probability of electoral success. Copyright The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1998.

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    Article provided by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its journal Economics of Transition.

    Volume (Year): 6 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 2 (November)
    Pages: 409-425

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    1. Greetje Everaert, 2003. "The Political Economy of Restructuring and Subsidisation: An International Perspective," LICOS Discussion Papers 13003, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.

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