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Peggy Terletzki: The Opportunity Structure of Large-Scale Reforms: Good News from Post-Communist Central Europe

VortagendeR Peggy Terletzki, Helmut Wiesenthal
Tagung APSA Conference
Ort Boston MA, USA
Jahr 2002


After a decade of, by and large, successful thoroughgoing reforms in several Post-communist countries, it has to be recognized that the results of change contradict certain assumptions commonly held valid in political science. The paper outlines major theoretical premises of what might be summarized as the ‘impossibility theorem of holistic reform’ and examines the discrepancy between theory-based expectations, on the one hand, and rather successful endeavors of policy reform and institutional policy over the course of transition. Thorough institutional changes have been implemented through demanding policy programs concerning fiscal stabilization, structural reforms and privatization. Reform governments proved apt to strategic planning as well as policy-oriented learning when they identified windows of opportunity and adapted to the international environment. They secured the feasibility of the reform packages by choosing a proper way of sequencing as well as creating pre-emptive forms of conflict resolution. In this paper, some empirical findings are confronted with the theorybased propositions. Relative to the discrepancy between theory and practice, suggestions are made concerning the validity of the skeptical theoretical assumptions.

Einordnung in die Universitätsstruktur

Fakultät Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Lehrstuhl Professur für Vergleichende politische Soziologie