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The Impact of Growth Performance and Political Regime Type on Economic Policy Liberalization

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  • Hans Pitlik

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While economic policy liberalization is a key to higher overall growth, reforms are often not implemented due to a fierce opposition from politically powerful prospective losers from reforms. In this respect, it is frequently claimed that economic crises can help overcome resistance to policy liberalization. Furthermore, political authorities not constrained by democratic checks and balances are supposed to be more decisive and are thus expected to carry out market-friendly policy change in times of crises more easily. Rules of democratic participation and checks and balances may however also be good for policy reform, as they can serve as an institutional mechanism for peaceful conflict resolution. Copyright 2008 The Authors.

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Volume (Year): 61 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 258-278

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