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The Baltic States after Independence, Second Edition

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The Baltic States after Independence, Second Edition

2nd edition

9781858988375 Edward Elgar Publishing
The late Ole Nørgaard, formerly Professor, and Lars Johannsen, Research Fellow, Aarhus University, Denmark with Mette Skak, and René Hauge Sørensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Publication Date: 1999 ISBN: 978 1 85898 837 5 Extent: 256 pp
The second edition of this widely acclaimed book considers the extent to which the Baltic states have succeeded politically and economically in their aspirations to emulate Western institutions since independence. The book has been completely revised since the first edition to account for the rapid changes in the countries themselves, and in the theories that attempt to generalize the patterns of development in post-communist countries.

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The second edition of this widely acclaimed book considers the extent to which the Baltic states have succeeded politically and economically in their aspirations to emulate Western institutions since independence. The book has been completely revised since the first edition to account for the rapid changes in the countries themselves, and in the theories that attempt to generalize the patterns of development in post-communist countries.

The Baltic States after Independence, Second Edition provides a thorough analysis of the political and economic systems of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It sheds new light on the processes and obstacles which have characterized the Baltic transition from the Soviet system. The authors examine the history of these countries and the movements towards democracy, institutional change and economic development during the post-communist era. In addition, they analyse other issues including national identity, security and Western integration, and have included a new chapter on international relations, reflecting the changing issues faced by the Baltic states.

This book offers a unique insight into political, economic and social life in the three independent Baltic states which will be welcomed by academics and students working in the areas of political science, economic development and transition studies.
Critical Acclaim
‘The Baltic States After Independence is an excellent and informative account of how the Baltic republics have failed. . . . This excellent book is indispensable for any scholar studying the former Soviet Union. Although this book will be a definitive reference for transition scholars, it deserves a wider audience. I would encourage every economics major to read it, or at least parts of it. Too often the economics curriculum, tainted by orthodoxy, ignores the interdependence of economics, politics, and international relations. The authors superbly demonstrate that markets do not develop independently and ahistorically, rather their development is path dependent and guided by a qualified and efficient state apparatus. I can think of no better book that disparages neoclassical orthodoxy almost to the point of irrelevancy, while at the same time vindicating the central tenets of institutionalism.’
– Jack Reardon, Journal of Economic Issues

Acclaim for the first edition:

‘The book is of great help in understanding the Baltic states, in particular the survival of what has been referred to as the civil society and the (re)-establishment of democracy.’
– Ulf Hansson, Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity
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Contents: Preface 1. Democracy and Institutional Change in Post-Communist Countries 2. History and Institutional Change in the Baltic States 3. Reconstructing and Developing Democracy 4. Economic Development: Is there an Estonian Success? 5. National Identity, Security and Western Integration 6. Institutional Adaptation in new Democracies Appendix References Index
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