University of Washington

Kazimierz Z. Poznanski

Office: Thomson 316
Phone: 206-543-0293

Education/ Employment:

M.A. and Ph. D. in Economics, University of Warsaw. Since 1981 taught economics at Cornell University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northwestern University. Since 1987 is a professor at the University of Washington.

Fields of interest:

International Political Economy; Institutional Economics; Economics of Technological Change; Soviet and East European Economies; Economics of Development.

Foreign teaching:

Teaching abroad includes 1993 University of Tubingen (Germany); 1995 University of Warsaw (Poland).

Major fellowships:

British Council 1978; American Council for Learned Societies, American Studies Program 1980; The Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington D.C. 1981; Stanford University 1987; Institute for Human Studies, Vienna 1998; The Soul National University, Toyota Professorship, 2008

Research Grants:

1983-85 National Council for Soviet and Eastern European Research, Washington, D.C.; 1987 Hudson Institute, Economic Division; 1992, 1993 and 1994 International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), Washington D.C.; 1994-96 The German Marshall Fund.

Consulting Work:

The World Bank: Development Research Department (1983-1984); U.S. Congress: Joint Economic Committee (1984 and 1989); The United Nations, Economics and Social Department (1991); Polish Government, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (late 1994 through 1996).


Major books:

1.1) Individual Books:

Negative Globalization: Capital Expropriation in Eastern Europe, (Beijing: China’s Academy of Social Sciences), 2004, pp.204

The Confused Reforms: Poland’s Asset Sellout, (Warsaw: Publishing Cooperative), 2001, pp. 152

The Failure of Poland’s Transition, (Warsaw: Publishing and Literary Association), 2000, pp. 165

Poland's Protracted Transition: Institutional Change and Economic Growth in 1970-1994, (The Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Series No. 98) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 379.

Technology, Competition and the Soviet Bloc in the World Market, (Berkeley: University of California- Berkeley, Institute of International Studies, 1987), pp. 226.

The Environment for Technological Change in Centrally Planned Economies, World Bank Staff Working Papers, No. 718, (Washington D.C.: The World Bank, 1985) (ISBN-0-821300498-8), pp. 70.

Technical Innovations in the Market Economy (Warsaw: State Scientific Press, 1979), pp. 199

1.2) Edited Volumes:

Transition and Its Dissenters, K. Poznanski, (ed.) Eastern European Politics and Societies, vol. 15, no. 3 (Fall), 2001 (special volume)

The Evolutionary Transition to Capitalism: In Search of a Paradigm, K. Poznanski, (ed), (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994), pp. 231.

Stabilization and Privatization in Poland: An Economic Evaluation of the Shock Therapy Program, (Boston: Kluwer Academic Press, 1993), pp. 269.

Constructing Capitalism: The Reemergence of Civil Society and Liberal Economy in the Post-Communist World, K. Poznanski (ed) Boulder: Westview Press, 1992), pp. 227.

1.3) Chapters in Books:

“Failed Transition: Building Capitalism with Communist Tools”, in: I. Kyogi, (ed.), Evolutionary Analysis of Post-Socialist Transition, Tokyo: Springer Verlag, 2003

“The Crisis of Transition as State Crisis”, in: K. Boonker, H. Muller, A. Pickel, (eds.), Postcommunist Transformation and the Social Sciences, Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001

"The Morals of Transition: Decline of Public Interest and Runaway Reforms in Eastern Europe," V. Tismaneanu and S. Antohi, eds., Between Past and Future: The Revolutions of 1989 and Their Aftermath: Budapest: Central European University Press, 1999.

"Post-communist Recessions: Common Causes and Outcomes," in: S. Hanson and W. Spohn (eds), Can Europe Work? (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995), pp. 171-205.

"Political Economy of Privatization in Eastern Europe," in: B. Crawford (ed), Market, State and Democracy in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994), pp. 131-152.

"Poland's Transition to Capitalism: Shock and Therapy," in: Poznanski, K. (ed), Stabilization and Privatization in Poland: An Economic Evaluation of the Shock Therapy Program (Boston: Kluwer Academic Press, 1993 ), pp. 15-42.

"Property Rights and Civil Liberties: Evolutionary Perspectives on Transition in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union," in: Schoenfeld, R. (ed), Transforming Economic Systems in East Central Europe (Munich: Sudosteuropa Gesellschaft, 1993), pp. 41-60.

"Economic Reforms in East Europe and Trade Prospects for Developing Nations," Special volume, The Revolutions in the East and Their Implications for Developing Countries", Journal of Development Planning, Vol. 22 (New York: United Nations, 1992), pp. 127-154.

"Substituting Southern For Western Markets: Options Before East Europe," in: Eastern European Economies in the Time of Change, (The Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., 1989), pp. 468-487.

"Economic Adjustment and Political Forces: Poland Since 1970," in E. Comisso and L. Tyson, (eds), Power, Purpose and Collective Choice. Economic Strategy in Socialist States (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986), pp. 279-312.

"Costs of Hegemony and Benefits of Subordination," with P. Marer, in: J. Triska, (ed.) The Dominant Powers and Subordinate States. The United States in Latin America and the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe (Durham: Duke University Press, 1986), pp. 371-400.

"Competition Between Eastern Europe and Developing Countries in the Western Market for Manufactured Goods," in: East European Economies: Slow Growth in 1980s, Vol. II, Foreign Trade and International Finance, (The Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., 1985), pp. 62-92.

Selected Articles:

“Outgoing Party State: Incompetence or Self-Interested?”, “East Central Europe Journal” /Budapest: Central European University/ April 2013

“State Condition, Foreign Influence and Alternative Models of Market Reforms in China, Russia and Eastern Europe” “Marxist Studies” Beijing, January 2013

“State Condition, Foreign Influence and Alternative Models of Market Reforms in China, Russia and Eastern Europe” “International Critical Thought” Journal of the China’s Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing/, September 2012

“Morals and Markets” WIIW Research Report, Vienna Institute of International Economy, Vienna, 2010

“Pattern of Transition” WIIW Research Report, Vienna Institute of International Economy, Vienna, 2011

“Individualism in Chinese Culture”, “Chinese Studies”, Beijing University of Literature and Culture, June 2008

“Trajectories of Economic Transition: Eastern Europe, Russia and China” WIIW Research Report, Vienna Institute of International Economy, Vienna, December 2006

“Distributive Consequences of Globalization”, WIIW Research Report, July 2005

“Transition. The First Decade”, M. I. Blejer and M. Skreb, eds., Cambridge Mass.: The MIT Press (review article), Journal of Economic Literature, February, 2003

“Foreign Direct Investment in Austria, Hungary and Poland” (with J.Poznanska), Emergo. Journal of Transforming Economies and Societies, vol. 8, No. 4, 2001

“Building Capitalism with the Communist Tools: Defective Transition in Eastern Europe”, East European Politics and Societies, vol. 15, no. 2, 2001 (pp. 317-352)

“The Crisis of Modernity: Capitalism and Communism Reexamined”, East European Politics and Societies, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000 (p.p. 676 –692)

"The Post-Communist Transition as an Institutional Disintegration: Explaining the Regional Economic Recession," Acta Oeconomica, vol. 40, no. 1, 1999, pp. 1-36.

"Recounting Transition," East European Politics and Societies, 1999 (Spring), vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 328-344.

"Decline of Public Virtues and the Fate of Eastern Europe," The Vienna Institute Monthly Report, 1999/8-9, pp. 11-20.

“Rethinking Comparative Economics: from Organizational Simplicity to Institutional Complexity,” East European Politics and Societies, 1998 (Spring), vol. 4, no.1, pp. 171-199 .

"Evolutionary Paradigms in Social Sciences" (with G. Modelski), International Studies Quarterly, 1996 (Fall), pp. 3-7.

"Restructuring of Property Rights in Poland: A Study in Evolutionary Economics," East European Politics and Societies, vol. 7, no. 3, 1993, pp. 395-421.

"Poland's Transition to Capitalism: Shock without Therapy," Comparative Economic and Social Systems" (Beijing, China), no. 2,1993, pp. 36-42.

"Pricing Practices in the CMEA Trade Regime: A Reappraisal," Soviet Studies, vol. 45, no. 5, 1993, pp. 923-29.

"An Interpretation of Communist Decay: The Role of Evolutionary Mechanism," Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, 1993 (March), pp. 581-604.

"Economic Reforms in East Europe and Trade Prospects for Developing Nations," Journal of Development Planning, 1992, vol. 22, pp. 127-154.

"Privatization Process in Poland: Problems of Transition," Soviet Studies, vol. 44, no. 4, 1992, pp. 641-664.

"Market Alternative to State Activism in Restoring the Capitalist Economy," Economics of Planning, vol. 25, no. 1, 1992, pp. 55-77.

"Diffusion Performance in Major Steel-Making Countries: Results of Linear and nonlinear Regression Analysis," vol. 23, no.4, Economics of Planning, 1990, pp. 129-141.

"The CPE Aversion to Innovations: Alternative Theoretical Explanations," Economics of Planning, vol. 22, no. 3, 1989, pp. 125-137.

"Economic Determinants of Technological Performance in Eastern European Industry," Eastern European Politics and Societies, vol. 2, No. 3, Fall 1988, pp. 581-604.

"Opportunity Cost in Soviet Trade with Eastern Europe: Discussion of Methodology and New Evidence," Soviet Studies, vol. XL, No. 2, 1988, pp. 290-307.

"The Extinguishing Process: A Case Study of World Steel Industry," Technovation - International Journal of Innovation and Productivity, no. 4, 1986, pp. 297-316.

"Economic Adjustment and Political Forces: Poland Since 1970," International Organization, vol. 40, No. 2, Spring, 1986, pp. 279-312.

"Patterns of Technology Imports: Interregional Comparison," World Development, vol. 14, No. 6, 1986, pp. ___.

"Technological Transfer: West-South Perspective," World Politics, vol. XXXVII, no.1, October 1984, pp. 134-152.

"International Diffusion of Steel Technologies: Time-Lag and the Speed of Diffusion," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, no. 23, 1983, pp. 305-323.

"A Study of Technical Innovation in Polish Industry," Research Policy, no. 9, 1980, pp. 232-253.