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Latvia’s Transition to a Market Economy

Political Determinants of Economic Reform Policy


Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Research Question and its Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 3-8
  3. Theoretical Underpinnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 17-43
  4. Setting the Research Task

    1. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 53-58
  5. Empirical Case Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 61-78
    3. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 79-108
    4. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 109-169
    5. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 170-209
    6. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 210-215
    7. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 216-254
  6. Politics versus Markets?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 257-266
    3. Marja Nissinen
      Pages 267-273
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 274-309

About this book


The postcommunist transitions to a market economy raised doubts about the political sustainability of an economic reform under democracy. At the same time, they turned the attention to the centrality of political factors in economic policy-making. Latvia has succeeded in proceeding into the consolidation phase of its market reforms while remaining committed to both political pluralism and macroeconomic austerity. Even if politics were not treated as a mere constraint, the basic question is still: how are the government's adjustment choices modified in the political process?


economic policy macroeconomics privatization reforms transition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.VTT/Technical Research Centre for FinlandEspooFinland

About the authors

MARJA NISSINEN is Researcher in the Group for Technology Studies, VTT/ Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo. She previously worked as Project Manager in the Marketing Department, Latvian Development Agency, Riga and Non-Diplomatic legation officer, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Helsinki. She was Assistant of Political Science, University of Helsinki, 1992-93.

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