Slovakia's Neoliberal Turn

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Abstract

Slovakia distinguished itself in the first half of this decade by launching a coherent set of economic reforms that limited government and transferred social and economic risk to individuals. We examine reforms in fiscal policy, pensions, the labour code, health care, investment, education and justice. While the surprise formation of a centre-right governing coalition in 2002 enabled Slovakia's 'neoliberal' turn, a close network of neoliberal policy makers and advisors from civil society organisations used the opportunity to push forward a compelling explanation of Slovak economic problems and promote a clear institutional design fixing them.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-998
Number of pages22
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume59
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007