We invite empirical and theoretical contributions to reassess models of market transition in light of thirty years of experiences since the watershed year of 1989 from an interdisciplinary perspective. Submissions on all relevant geographic regions are welcome.
1989 is probably the most important political event of the second half of the 20th century. For 30 years, competing models of market transition have been experienced and assessed. This has given rise to different and complex outcomes which have not received enough attention within the current debate on development models across the social science. This debate would have strong implications for low income countries and their trajectories of development. We invite empirical and theoretical contributions to reassess models of market transition in light of this thirty years of experiences since the watershed year of 1989 from an interdisciplinary perspective. The panel will provide an opportunity to compare, contrast and discuss the theoretical premises and empirical outcomes of different approaches to market reform and transition. The guiding question is how to reassess the fierce debates over transition against the track record of different regions and countries. We welcome submissions from all methodologies, social science disciplines, theories and regional specialisations. Specific issues of interest include labour, industrialization, capital accumulation, growth, human development, and monetary and fiscal policies as well as cross-cutting topics related to macro and micro level policies.