Journal of International Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, Winter

Alleviating Motion Sickness: Transportation Privatization Trends in Developing Countries
Privatization has a far greater impact on the lives and economies of developing country citizens than those in the G7.(1) It is a major restructuring tool for these emerging markets, and privatization of the transportation sector--including land,...
Contracting out as a Vehicle for Privatization: Half Speed Ahead
Privatization in its broadest sense entails a simultaneous retrenchment of the government sector and an expansion of the private sector. Although privatization is often thought of as synonymous with government sales of state-owned enterprises (SOEs),...
Czech Privatization: The Case of Filmove Studio Barrandov
Introduction In 1991, when the former Czechoslovakia was carpetbagger heaven, I went to Prague as a privatization advisor under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development.(1) My primary activity during an 18-month period was...
Gender Bias and Family Distress: The Privatization Experience in Argentina
Introduction The intention of this article is to examine structural adjustment and the particular impact of privatization on the lives of women and families. Although privatization is occurring on a global scale, this study draws conclusions...
Ideological Motivations of Privatization in Great Britain versus Developing Countries
Privatization is one of the most significant worldwide economic, social and political phenomena of this and the previous decade. It has become the new economic mantra and will continue to exert influence on the lives of people in countries throughout...
Legal Aspects of the French Privatization Program: Review of the Pechiney Privatization as a Practical Case
Description of the Privatization Program Under a law dated 19 July 1993, providing for the second privatization program, the French government generated a list of 22 public sector companies to be privatized, including Banque Nationale de Paris...
Lessons from Argentina's Privatization Experience
Introduction Privatization is conceived as a drastic change in the role of government. Advocates of privatization maintain that the state administration should desist from production and pricing decisions, and instead focus on the design and...
Methods of Privatization
Privatization has been in fashion for more than 15 years, if we date its recent flowering from Margaret Thatcher's initiatives in the late 1970s. Shrinking the state's economic presence became part of the economic reform programs that characterized...
Poland's Privatization Process: A View from the Inside
Interviewed on 14 July 1996 by Mark J. Bonamo for the Journal International Affairs Journal: Why did Poland, when shifting from a command to a market economy, go through the method known as "shock therapy?" Why did it choose a sudden transformation...
Privatization: A Case Study in Corruption
The current era of privatization, conceived and begun by Britain's Thatcher government, was borne of a political movement opposed to statism. For over a decade, privatization has been a critical ingredient of the free market agenda that assumed the...
Privatization and Corruption in Transition Economies
"If you think privatization is corrupt, try without it." --Anonymous official, in response to the Ukrainian parliament's decision to halt the privatization program on the grounds of possible corrupt methods (1994) Introduction and Initial Conditions...
Privatization and Political Theory
Introduction If any economic policy could lay claim to popularity, at least among the world's political elites, it would certainly be privatization. The policy first gained significant public notice during the early 1980s when Britain's Prime...
Privatization and the Consolidation of Democratic Regimes: An Analysis and an Alternative
What is the relationship between privatization and democratization in the post-communist countries? Will privatization hinder or promote the consolidation of these infant democracies? In order to answer these questions, I will first develop a typology...
Privatization, the State and International Institutions
Introduction Recent changes in the global economy have not come about in the manner envisaged a generation ago. Production and distribution are being organized in accordance with decentralized, private-sector patterns coordinated by the market,...
Retreating from the Commanding Heights: Privatization in an Indian Context
The question today being asked [regarding the public sector] is commanding heights of what? Red-tapism. Inefficiency. Absurdity. Antiquity....There is no alternative to a thorough-going privatization. --S. Pandey (italics original)...
Tales from Two Privatizations: Russia and the Former East Germany
Introduction: Microeconomic Analysis The transition from a centrally planned to a market economy currently taking place in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is complex and difficult to understand, both for individuals actively involved...
The Czechoslovak Experience with Privatization
In 1991, privatization was launched in Czechoslovakia in a relatively stable macro-economic environment.(1) Unlike a number of other post-communist countries, Czechoslovakia did not have to face a disrupted domestic currency or increasing budget expenditures.(2)...
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