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Alternative models of transition and institutional development


  • John Marangos


Alternative models of transition are associated with alternative institutional development processes. Alternative models of transition are based on different methods of economic analysis, political structures, views of 'what is a good society?' and the speed of implementing the transition policies. As a result, five alternative models of transition are considered: the Shock Therapy model of transition, the Neoclassical Gradualist model of transition, the Post Keynesian model of transition, the Pluralistic Market Socialist model of transition and the Non-Pluralistic Market Socialist model of transition (the Chinese model of transition). The most appropriate method of institutional development depended on how social reality was viewed and what was considered acceptable, desirable and feasible. It depended on assumptions about economic behaviour, the method of analysis and the goals associated with the transition process. Essentially, the choice depended on what was considered to be efficient: a market mechanism providing market-produced institutions, or state intervention providing state-produced market institutions.

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  • John Marangos, 2005. "Alternative models of transition and institutional development," Global Business and Economics Review, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(4), pages 390-408.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:gbusec:v:7:y:2005:i:4:p:390-408

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    1. Cezar SCARLAT & Silvia RUCINSKA, 2010. "Some Considerations on Ending the Process of Economic Transition in Romania and Slovakia," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(1), pages 169-188.
    2. John Marangos, 2011. "Social Change versus Transition: The Political Economy of Institutions and Transitional Economies," Forum for Social Economics, Springer;The Association for Social Economics, vol. 40(1), pages 119-137, April.
    3. Cezar Scarlat & Eugen I. Scarlat, 2007. "Theoretical Aspects of the Economic Transition: The Case of Romania," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 5(4), pages 307-331.


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