Economic Transition in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

Economic Transition in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

Economic Transition in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

Economic Transition in Russia and the New States of Eurasia


The economic progress made by the new states of the former Soviet Union in the transition from command to market economies is the topic of volume 8 in this widely praised series. The volume covers the following general topics: review of the transition; political and economic adjustments: the domestic dimension; macropolicies; restructuring; and regional and world integration.

The contributors include Aline and George Quester, Branko Milanovic, Simon Commander, John McHale, James Millar, Christine Wallich, Vladimir Gutsu, Bahtiyar Islamov, Evgenii Kuznetsov, Serik Akhanov, Liazat Buranbayeva, Mikhail Korchemkin, Anatolii and Tamara Solianik, Leonid Friedman, Serik Primbetov, and the editor.


This book is the eighth in a projected series of ten volumes produced by the Russian Littoral Project, which is sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland at College Park and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. As directors of the project, we share the conviction that the transformation of the former Soviet republics into independent states demands systematic analysis of the determinants of the domestic and foreign policies of the new countries. This series of volumes is intended to provide a basis for comprehensive scholarly study of these issues.

Decades of economic stagnation and a rapid deterioration in Soviet growth performance in the second half of the 1980s increased political tensions and revived long-dormant aspirations for independence in the Soviet republics. The dissolution of the Soviet Union has brought about not only the demise of central planning but also the concept of "common economic space." The newly independent countries have the multiple tasks of establishing state structures and reforming their economies while simultaneously redefining their external relations. Contributions to this volume address various facets of the transition in various countries. They examine internal developments and obstacles to integration into the world economy from diverse methodological perspectives. They all share an emphasis on the interplay of political and economic factors.

We would like to thank the contributors to this volume for their help in making this phase of the Russian Littoral Project a success and for revising their papers in a timely fashion. We are especially grateful to Bartlomiej Kaminski for supporting the Russian Littoral Project since its inception, for contributing insights that were pivotal in structuring the project's treatment of economic issues, and for editing this book. In addition, we are grateful to Janine Draschner for her skillful handling of the complex logistics of the workshops on which the book is based and for her unstinting labor in preparing the final manuscript. For their invaluable assistance with the preparation of this book, we also thank TrevorWysong . . .

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