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

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Preface

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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • 1- Introduction 1
  • References 21
  • I- FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS 23
  • 2- Estonia 25
  • CONCLUSIONS 43
  • Notes 45
  • Notes 48
  • 3- Ukraine 50
  • Conclusion 75
  • References 77
  • 4- Kazakhstan 80
  • 4- Kazakhstan 80
  • Notes 107
  • Notes 107
  • 5- Georgia 112
  • Notes 134
  • II- FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLICS 137
  • CONCLUSIONS 161
  • Notes 162
  • Notes 163
  • 7- Croatia 166
  • Conclusion 185
  • Notes 186
  • Notes 191
  • 8- Macedonia 193
  • Notes 219
  • Notes 221
  • III- OTHER CASES 227
  • 9- Slovakia 229
  • Notes 255
  • Index 259
  • About the Editor and Contributors 267
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