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Imitation and Transition: Transition Report Commentary

Jerzy Kleer

Ekonomia journal, 2002, vol. 7

Abstract: There is no denying that countries seeking accession to the European Union strive to model themselves after EU economies in the level and structure of GDP. Obviously, as the gap narrows, benefits from economic, technological, scientific and cultural cooperation grow. Imitation is consequently justified, as it is necessary for these countries to make up for their economic and technological arrears. Various imitation models come in handy in the adaptation process. However, two facts should be noted in this context: First, imitation models are characterized by internally coherent and logical systems of links between politics, economics and the social sphere. Usually, changes in one area stimulate transition in other areas, although the opposite scenario is also possible. Especially important is the proper order of transition projects, coupled with the time factor. Second, there are at least three models of imitation: 1) full imitation, 2) partial imitation, and 3) marginal imitation.

Date: 2002
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