Cover Osteuropa 9/2010

In Osteuropa 9/2010

Institutional Transfer and Catch-Up Development

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Joachim Zweynert

Deutsche Fassung


To modernise both an economy and society, as well as to boost competitiveness in a given country, institutions from successful countries are transferred to less successful ones. At the same time, local political actors decide to a large extent whether the transfer and expansion of institutions will succeed. For they alone have the cultural knowledge to change institutions in a way so that they fit cultural practices in a new environment. This is seen in a comparison of the introduction of the social market economy in West Germany after 1945 and the carrying out of market reforms in Russia after 1990.

(Osteuropa 9/2010, pp. 97–112)