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Is Hungary the Future of Poland?
Is Hungary the Future of Poland?

Author(s): Zvi Gitelman
Subject(s): Political history, Economic policy, Government/Political systems, Economic development, Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: Eastern Europe; political trends; political pluralism; Hungary; Poland; political stability; economic reforms; economic stability and development;

Summary/Abstract: Over a quarter century ago Melvin Croan asked, "Is Mexico the Future of Eastern Europe? " In a judicious and sober analysis he suggested that a possible trend in Eastern Europe was a movement toward the oneparty pluralism that the Mexican system then represented. Croan was skeptical about this possibility and even thought that "perhaps the question... should be recast to read, 'Is Mexico the future of Mexico?' " His skepticism was justified for neither has Mexico achieved stability as a one-party pluralist state nor has Eastern Europe followed the model Croan described. In fact, the only way that Eastern Europe, and Poland in particular, have emulated Mexico is that both have incurred huge foreign debts and have had to lower standards of living. Mexico has heralded the future of Poland, but not in the way envisioned. [...]

  • Issue Year: 01/1986
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 135-159
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: English