First Steps toward Economic Independence: New States of the Postcommunist World

First Steps toward Economic Independence: New States of the Postcommunist World

First Steps toward Economic Independence: New States of the Postcommunist World

First Steps toward Economic Independence: New States of the Postcommunist World

Synopsis

The end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s have witnessed the disintegration of all three formerly communist federal nations, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. These events have resulted in the creation of 22 new nations, raising all sorts of interesting questions. This volume is concerned with the first steps toward economic independence of a selection of these states, including Estonia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Georgia, as well as the former Yugoslavia republics of Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia, and Slovakia. While their experiences vary greatly, they face common problems, making policy selections from a fairly similar menu. The papers in this collection provide considerable insight into the prerequisites of economic independence. Researchers, scholars, and students (graduate and upper level undergraduate classes) of economics, economic and regional development, and economic history should find this book of considerable value.

Excerpt

A project of this magnitude inevitably involves the cooperation of a large number of people. I especially wish to thank my wife, Kie Min, who graciously put up with my long hours of work on the book so soon after the birth of our baby daughter. I owe a large debt to my employer, the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics, and its former director, Anders Åslund, for funding the symposium on which this volume is based, for covering much of the publication costs, and in general facilitating my work on this project. Several members of the Institute's staff merit special mention, including Eva Sundquist, Johan Fallenius, and Eva Johansson for their work in arranging and running the symposium, and Ilze Brands, Lena Hansson, and Sten Luthman for their help with the editorial work in preparing the manuscript. Few academics have the good fortune to work for an institution that is as generous, professional, and oriented toward serious research.

This project is the outgrowth of a session held at the meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Phoenix in November 1992. At that session, early versions of the papers contained in this volume on Estonia, Macedonia, and Slovenia were presented. the session was a success, strengthening my conviction that economic policy making in new, postcommunist states is a timely and important topic of study. I am grateful to Steven S. Rosefielde for his comments at the session.

During the first half of 1993, authors were sought to prepare studies of additional former Soviet and Yugoslav republics and of Slovakia.

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