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Did growth and reforms increase citizens' support for the transition?

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  • Golinelli, Roberto
  • Rovelli, Riccardo

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How did post-communist transformations affect people's perceptions of their economic and political systems? We model a pseudo-panel with 89 country-year clusters, based on the aggregation of about eighty thousand interviews conducted in 14 countries between 1991 and 2004, to identify the macro and institutional drivers of the public opinion. We find that: (i) When the economy is growing, on average people appreciate more extensive reforms and dislike unbalanced reforms. They dislike reforms when they are associated with higher unemployment. (ii) Nostalgia for the past regime increases when worsening income distribution or higher inflation interact with more privatizations of state enteprises. (iii) Cross-country differences in the attitudes towards the present and future are largely explained by differences in the institutional indicators for the rule of law and corruption. (iv) Cross-country differences in the extent of nostalgia towards the past are related to differences in the deterioration of standards of living.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 112-137

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Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:30:y:2013:i:c:p:112-137

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Keywords: Post-communist transition; Economic reforms; Support for reforms; Public opinion;

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