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Politics and Policies in Post-Communist Transition
Discusses the policies, practices and outcomes of privatization in six transition economies: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine, paying particular attention to cross-country differences and to interrelations between the processes of privatisation and the political transition from communism to a new system.
The analysis is restricted to the privatisation in those fields where its methods have been strongly different from privatisations in advanced market economies and where differences of privatisation principles and techniques among our six countries were also rather various. This is basically the privatisation of middle-sized and large enterprises, not including banks, non-bank financial companies, natural monopolies and agricultural entities.
Introduction 1.1 The background 1.2 (Another) delimitation of the subject 1.3 Managerial power and the bogey of spontaneous privatisation 2 Privatisation: why and how? 2.1 The need for privatisation and the irrelevance of long-term considerations 2.2The limited applicability of the classical solution 2.3 Selling at equitable prices 2.4 Search for other equitable – preferential – solutions on the basis of political and ideological considerations 3 An overview of the processes of primary privatisation in the six countries 3.1 Primary privatisation leaving limited space for secondary privatisation – Hungary 3.2 Primary privatisation – the Czech Republic 3.3 Primary privatisation – Russia 3.4 Primary privatisation – Ukraine 3.5 Primary privatisation – Poland 3.6 Primary privatisation – Slovenia 4 Secondary privatisation in (essentially only) five countries 4.1 Secondary privatisation – the Czech Republic 4.2 Secondary privatisation – Poland 4.3 Secondary privatisation – Slovenia 4.4 Secondary privatisation – Russia 4.5 Secondary privatisation – Ukraine 5 Primary and secondary privatisation – countries of slow and rapid concentration of the ownership structure 5.1 Differences in corporate governance systems 5.2 Once again on the differences of patterns of primary privatisation (and on why is insider ownership problematic) 5.3 Something that still remains unexplained 6 The speed of secondary privatisation and the characteristics of political transition 6.1 Transition indicators and the quality of governance 6.2 Interpenetration between public administration and company management in the countries of slow secondary privatization 6.3 Political transition without a break and interpenetration between public administration and company management 7 Conclusions 7.1 Privatisation and the character of political transition 7.2 Notes on the economic and social consequences of different political and economic reforms List of Tables Index