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The Polish economy : crisis, reform, and transformation / Ben Slay.

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press, c1994.ISBN:
  • 0691036160
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 338.9438 20
LOC classification:
  • HC340.3 .S59 1994
Contents:
A Chronology of the Transition, 1989-1993 -- Ch. I. The Polish Crisis and Polish Socialism. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Partitions. The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic. The Establishment of Socialism. Stalinism and the Polish October. From October to December: The Gomulka Years. Gierek's "New Development Strategy" and the WOG Reform. The Collapse of the New Development Strategy. The Democratic Opposition and the Birth of Solidarity -- Ch. II. Crisis and Reform in the 1980s. Martial Law and the "First Stage" of Economic Reform. The "Second Stage" of Economic Reform: 1986-1988. Political Reform during the Second Stage. The Roundtable Agreements. The Private Sector in the 1980s. Economic Performance in the 1980s. The Legacies of the Reforms of the 1980s -- Ch. III. Crisis and Economic Transformation, 1990-1992. The Origins of the Balcerowicz Plan. The Balcerowicz Plan in 1990. The Balcerowicz Plan in 1991. Privatization in Poland 1990-1992. Between "Breakthrough" and "Continuity" in 1992. The Politics of the Economic Transition, 1989-1993. Is the Polish Crisis Over? -- Ch. IV. Transformations in Key Markets and Sectors. Industry. Agriculture. Banking, Capital, and Financial Markets. Labor Markets and Social Policy. External Economic Relations -- Ch. V. The Lessons of the Polish Transition. How Does Poland Compare? Lessons of the Polish Experience.
Summary: In 1989, Poland became the first Eastern Bloc country to shake off the dominance of its ruling Communist party. Although other post-Communist countries have since followed suit, Poland's experience has been unique in its move to Westernize. In this timely and insightful account, Benjamin Slay provides the first integrated, comprehensive assessment of Poland's economic transformation from central planning to a market system, and the political and sociological factors that have contributed to it. Drawing on the work of Western and Polish scholars as well as his own research, Slay traces the evolution of the Polish transformation from its historical roots in People's Poland and predicts potential problems and successes facing the Polish economy. A ground-breaking addition to the emerging study of post-Communist political economies, The Polish Economy demonstrates that other countries now struggling to join the West have much to learn from Poland's example. Of interest to scholars across the social sciences, this work provides general as well as professional readers with a compelling account of the realities behind one of the most important events of our time - the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-226) and index.

A Chronology of the Transition, 1989-1993 -- Ch. I. The Polish Crisis and Polish Socialism. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Partitions. The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic. The Establishment of Socialism. Stalinism and the Polish October. From October to December: The Gomulka Years. Gierek's "New Development Strategy" and the WOG Reform. The Collapse of the New Development Strategy. The Democratic Opposition and the Birth of Solidarity -- Ch. II. Crisis and Reform in the 1980s. Martial Law and the "First Stage" of Economic Reform. The "Second Stage" of Economic Reform: 1986-1988. Political Reform during the Second Stage. The Roundtable Agreements. The Private Sector in the 1980s. Economic Performance in the 1980s. The Legacies of the Reforms of the 1980s -- Ch. III. Crisis and Economic Transformation, 1990-1992. The Origins of the Balcerowicz Plan. The Balcerowicz Plan in 1990. The Balcerowicz Plan in 1991. Privatization in Poland 1990-1992. Between "Breakthrough" and "Continuity" in 1992. The Politics of the Economic Transition, 1989-1993. Is the Polish Crisis Over? -- Ch. IV. Transformations in Key Markets and Sectors. Industry. Agriculture. Banking, Capital, and Financial Markets. Labor Markets and Social Policy. External Economic Relations -- Ch. V. The Lessons of the Polish Transition. How Does Poland Compare? Lessons of the Polish Experience.

In 1989, Poland became the first Eastern Bloc country to shake off the dominance of its ruling Communist party. Although other post-Communist countries have since followed suit, Poland's experience has been unique in its move to Westernize. In this timely and insightful account, Benjamin Slay provides the first integrated, comprehensive assessment of Poland's economic transformation from central planning to a market system, and the political and sociological factors that have contributed to it. Drawing on the work of Western and Polish scholars as well as his own research, Slay traces the evolution of the Polish transformation from its historical roots in People's Poland and predicts potential problems and successes facing the Polish economy. A ground-breaking addition to the emerging study of post-Communist political economies, The Polish Economy demonstrates that other countries now struggling to join the West have much to learn from Poland's example. Of interest to scholars across the social sciences, this work provides general as well as professional readers with a compelling account of the realities behind one of the most important events of our time - the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.