Modernizing infrastructure in transformation economies : paving the way to European enlargement

Christian von Hirschhausen

The design of infrastructure policies is a controversial issue in the transition economies of Eastern Europe, where the dismal state of infrastructure was widely regarded to be one of the major obstacles to economic recovery and sustained growth. With the imminent enlargement of the EU, Christian von Hirschhausen provides a detailed, reflective analysis of the state of infrastructure development in Eastern Europe. The author illustrates the different approaches to modernizing infrastructure and the successes that have been achieved in terms of fiscal relief, private investment and increased efficiency. Based upon a comparative institutional analysis and extensive field research and case studies, he provides empirical evidence from different sectors (power, gas, railways, roads, R&D), with particular emphasis on countries such as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Baltics and Russia. Given the substantial institutional instability of the early years of transition, the author promotes a gradual but time-consistent approach to liberalization as a more promising path towards a market economy and increased efficiency. The author offers sound policy recommendations on how best to achieve the successful modernization of East European infrastructure in the course of EU-enlargement.

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  • Part I Conceptual issues: infrastructure policy in socialism and in the market economy
  • the process of systematic transformation
  • specific infrastructure policies for Eastern Europe? Part II Empirical analysis: survey and methodology
  • lessons from public investment programmes
  • innovation policies towards a market economy?
  • private project financing of highway development
  • power utility re-regulation
  • gas sector restructuring - a political economy approach
  • the Russian gas reserves - a new perspective. Part III Summary and conclusions: lessons and perspectives on the way to European enlargement.

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書名 Modernizing infrastructure in transformation economies : paving the way to European enlargement
著作者等 Hirschhausen, Christian von
Hirschhausen Christian Von
出版元 Edward Elgar
刊行年月 c2002
版表示 illustrated ed
ページ数 xii, 267 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 1843761130
NCID BA58708422
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国