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Varieties of capitalist democracy: what difference does East-Central Europe make?

McMenamin, Iain (2004) Varieties of capitalist democracy: what difference does East-Central Europe make? Journal of Public Policy, 24 (3). pp. 259-274. ISSN 1469-7815

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The establishment of capitalist democracies in East-Central Europe raises the question of whether existing accounts of varieties of capitalist democracy need to be revised. This article provides a systematic quantitative comparison of varieties of capitalist democracy in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland with 19 other OECD countries. It finds that the East-Central European cases constitute a distinctive cluster; that they have much in common with Greece, Iberia and Ireland and that they are closer to the continental European than the liberal variety of capitalist democracy. These results have important implications for the internal politics of the European Union, prospects of an East-Central European repeat of the relative success of Ireland and the Mediterranean in the European Union, and debates about the influence of neo-liberalism on public policy.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:capitalist democracy; East-Central Europe; Czech Republic; Hungary; Poland;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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Copyright Information:Copyright © 2004 Cambridge University Press
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:465
Deposited On:22 May 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 14:06

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