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Economic and Social Reform in Slovakia

Miroslav Beblavý and Emília Sičáková

Published by INEKO, Institute for Economic and Social Reforms.

FOREWORD

Since the political turnaround in 1989, Slovakia has been undergoing continuous changes resulting from both internal and external impacts. These changes cover political institutions, a gradual reengineering of the economic policy and the establishment of the independent state, as well as the adaptation to the requirements for membership in elite clubs (especially the European Union). In such a situation, it is of particular importance to investigate not only concrete reforms but also certain general features of the process of their adoption and implementation. A similar analysis contributes to our understanding of the hitherto development and enables to
anticipate the future course of events in a more competent way and to formulate recommendations for a better public policy-making. The implemented public policy and reforms also affect the quality of our lives; hence, their condition is the key factor in improving the socio-economic situation in Slovakia. They, too, affect economic performance and the fashion in which the assets generated in the economy are allocated among the individual parts of the society.