Policy Consequences of Technocracy in Post-Communist Countires

Dr. Elena Semenova

The paper deals with the question of how technocratic ministers affect policy outputs in post-communist countries. In the existing literature, the question of the effects of individual ministers on policy outcomes has been analyzed using the sample of advanced Western European and partly Latin American countries. I will examine the effects of technocratic ministers on social and economic policies using the sample of post-communist countries of Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states. This sample provides an interesting variation in the patterns of ministerial recruitment and the path-dependent effects. The sample includes 14 post-communist countries. The time frame is from 1990 to 2009.