Building Market Institutions in Post-Communist Agriculture: Land, Credit, and Assistance (Rural Economies in Transition)

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Eurasia emerged from the former Soviet states' failed agrarian program poised to be a great power in the new global economy. In the late 1980's, post-communist states put forth an agrarian reform plan that promised whirlwind institutional change as its goal. However, these amendments did not unleash the efficiency and productivity that privatization and "destatizing" seemed to promise. Editors David Macey, William Pyle, and Stephen Wegren, along with a host of world-leading agrarian analyst and practitioners, discuss the shortcoming of post-communist agrarian reform and reveal how and why particular policies were or were not adopted. Building Market Institutions in Post-Communist Agriculture draws on country-level case studies to analyze various initiatives undertaken by agricultural economies. Contributors use a comparative analytical framework to shed light on the complex universal processes of agrarian transformation that continue to change the social, economic, and political character of the former Soviet Union.

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David A. J. Macey is professor of history and C. V. Starr Professor of Russian Studies at Middlebury College. William Pyle is assistant professor in the Economics Department at Middlebury College. Stephen K. Wegren is associate professor in the Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University.

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Agrarian economic and political policies represent the neglected stepchild of transition economics. Although it is not comprehensive, the contributors to this volume have illuminated the fundamental reasons for the disappointing outcomes of agrarian land reform, credit and finance policies and technical assistance in the post-Communist economies. Country specialists will find the analyses informed and compelling. Generalists will want it as a ready reference. The editors and other authors merit a resounding 'Bravo' for the performance. (James R. Millar, The George Washington University)

This book provides a fascinating insight into land reform and the evolving financial and credit markets, as well as agricultural extension systems in selected post-communist countries. Combining theoretical and historical frameworks with recent developments, it is a significant addition to the knowledge base on transition economies. (Csaba Csaki, The World Bank)

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