Was Transition about Free-Market Economics?
AbstractTransition has not always been a success story. In some cases failure was due to the introduction of topdown legislature, which was not always compatible with the existing informal rules of the game. In other cases transition was just a euphemism for a fight for power with little substantial change. Still, most Western analysts indulged in analysing all East-European economies according to a rather standard (neo-classical) pattern. This paper explains this approach by referring to the need to maintain rentseeking policies in the West, to create new rents in the East. Western governments complied with the constructivistic view willingly, especially in the EU area, for social engineering was instrumental in order to acquire and expand consensus on the principles of state interference. La transition nâ€™a pas toujours Ã©tÃ© une rÃ©ussite. Dans certains cas, les Ã©checs ont Ã©tÃ© dus Ã lâ€™ instauration dâ€™un corps lÃ©gislatif directif souvent incompatible avec les rÃ¨gles de jeu informelles. Dans dâ€™autres cas, la transition fut un simple euphÃ©misme pour une lutte pour le pouvoir, peu susceptible de donner lieu Ã des changements significatifs. De plus, la plupart des chercheurs occidentaux ont analysÃ© les Ã©conomies de lâ€™Europe de lâ€™Est avec les outils du modÃ¨le nÃ©oclassique standard. Lâ€™auteur explique cette orientation en invoquant la volontÃ© de maintenir les politiques de recherche de rente Ã lâ€™Ouest, et dâ€™en crÃ©er de nouvelles Ã lâ€™Est. Les gouvernements occidentaux ont volontairement cÃ©dÃ© Ã une vision constructiviste, notamment dans la zone de lâ€™Union EuropÃ©enne, car lâ€™ingÃ©nierie sociale a Ã©tÃ© un instrument majeur dans la rÃ©alisation et lâ€™extension du consensus autour des principes dâ€™interventions Ã©tatiques.
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