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How Capitalism Was Built : The Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucas...

ISBN: 9781107628182 | 1107628180
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Pub. Date: 9/30/2012

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Anders Aslund is known to make bold predictions that initially arouse controversy but soon become common wisdom. In his book Gorbachev's Struggle for Economic Reform (1989), he foresaw the collapse of the Soviet political and economic system. When others saw little but chaos, he depicted the success of Russia's market transformation in How Russia Became a Market Economy (1995). After Russia's financial crisis of 1998, although most observers declared the market economic experiment a failure, Aslund foresaw market economic success (Building Capitalism, 2002). In How Capitalism Was Built, Second Edition, he asks - and answers in depth for the twenty-one countries he investigates: - Why did communism collapse? - Why did Russia not choose gradual reforms like China did? - Wherein lies the relative success of postcommunist transformation? - How did the oligarchs arise and decline vis-...-vis authoritarian leaders? Anyone who wants to understand the often confusing postcommunist dramas and to obtain an early insight into the future will find this intellectually stimulating book useful. The second edition includes updates to each chapter as well as new chapters on the impact of the global financial crisis and the European Union on the region.


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