Governing After Communism: Institutions and Policymaking

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Political Science - 295 pages
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This comparative analysis explores the evolution of governance in Central and Eastern Europe. The book considers post-communist leaders' key challenge: the development of central government institutions capable of coordinating, integrating, and steering the policymaking process. Building on a broad range of primary sources and extensive field research, the distinguished authors analyze the processes and outcomes of institution-building in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria since the late 1980s. They examine in detail the organization and inner workings of central executives; explain differences in executive trajectories across time and countries, and show their effects on patterns of public policy, especially the budgetary process. The book considers as well the influence of institutional legacies, the impact of the evolving party systems, and the role of crises in spurring institutional change. This study offers nuanced conceptual and analytical insights that will enhance understanding of both the evolving institutions of Central and Eastern Europe and the more stable West European systems--back cover.
  

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Contents

Core Executives after Communism
3
Executive Institutions and Policy A Framework of Analysis
27
CORE EXECUTIVE TRAJECTORIES IN FOUR COUNTRIES
47
Hungary A Core Supreme
49
Poland A Core Ascendant?
83
Czech Republic A Core Neglected
129
Bulgaria A Core against the Odds
159
COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENTS
203
Executive Trajectories Compared
205
Institutions and Their Effects Budgetary Policymaking
233
Domestic Institutions and European Governance
249
References
263
List of Interviewees
279
Index
285
About the Authors
295
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About the author (2006)

Vesselin Dimitrov is senior lecturer in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Klaus H. Goetz is chair of government, faculty of economics and social sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany; and visiting fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Hellmut Wollmann is emeritus professor of public administration in the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University, Berlin.