Extraordinary politics and durable reform: lessons from trade liberalisation in Estonia and Poland

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Abstract

This article analyses the significance of the period of extraordinary politics after the fall of communism for policy reform. It examines under what circumstances policy reforms enacted during such periods are durable by comparing trade liberalisation in Poland and Estonia in the early 1990s. The article relates this question to the historical institutionalist debate surrounding critical junctures, gradual change and the politics of stability and change. It argues that trade policy reform enacted during periods of extraordinary politics is most likely to be durable if it is associated with deeper changes in structural conditions, such as dominant
ideas, interests and institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-381
Number of pages17
JournalPost-Communist Economies
Volume30
Issue number3
Early online date25 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • Trade policy
  • Policy reform
  • Extraordinary politics
  • Estonia
  • Poland

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