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Albanian Political-Economics: Albanian Political-Economics: Consequences of a Clan Culture


  • Klarita Gërxhani

    (University of Amsterdam, Institute for Advanced Labour Studies AIAS , Amsterdam School for Social science Research ASSR , Faculty of Economics & Econometrics FEE)

  • Arthur Schram

    (University of Amsterdam, CREED, Faculty of Economics & Econometrics)


We study the politico-economic interaction in a country in transition from a communist regime to a democratic, free market system, to wit, Albania. It is argued that the politico-economic system there is characterized by the existence of clans. Both the communists and the first democratically chosen government applied policies that favored specific clans. Moreover, a popularity function estimation shows that voters related to different clans react in a distinct way to party policies.

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  • Klarita Gërxhani & Arthur Schram, 2004. "Albanian Political-Economics: Albanian Political-Economics: Consequences of a Clan Culture," Development and Comp Systems 0404009, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0404009
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    Clans; Albania; popularity functions; government policies;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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