First published in 1997, this volume responds to the challenges faced in post-Communist Eastern Europe in the privatization and decollectivisation of agriculture. The contributors feature specialists in agriculture, finance, economics and political science. They begin with discussions on the political economy of privatization and a historical overview and continue with thoughts on agricultural decollectivization in twelve countries across Eastern Europe including Albania, the Baltic countries, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Hungary. The project reflects the basic framework of endogenous institutional change and policy analysis, and uses a political economy framework to explain and interpret these agricultural trends.
Table of Contents
1. Political Economy of Privatization and Decollectivization of Central and East European Agriculture: Definitions, Issues and Methodology. Ewa Rabinowicz and John F. M. Swinnen. 2. An Historical Overview of Central and Eastern European Land Reform. Erik Mathijs. 3. Agricultural Privatization and Decollectivization in Albania: A Political Economy Perspective. Azeta Cungu and Johan F. M. Swinnen. 4. Political Economy of Agricultural Privatization in the Baltic Countries. Ewa Rabinowicz. 5. On Liquidation Councils, Flying Troikas and Orsov Cooperatives: the Political Economy of Agricultural Reform in Bulgaria. Johan F. M. Swinnen. 6. Process and Politics of Agricultural Privatization in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Isabelle Lindemans. 7. The Politics and Policies of Privatization of Nationalized Land in the Eastern Germany. Konrad Hagedorn. 8. Process and Politics of Agrarian Reform in Hungary. Erik Mathijs. 9. Political Economy Aspects of Polish Agrarian Reform. Isabelle Lindemans and Johan F. M. Swinnen. 10. Political Economy of Agricultural Reform in Romania. Marvin Jackson. 11. Agrarian Reform in Post-Soviet Russia. Don Van Atta. 12. Privatization of Slovenian Agriculture: Process and Politics. Štefan Bojnec and Johan F. M. Swinnen. 13. The Choice of Privatization and Decollectivization Policies in Central and Eastern European Agriculture: Observations and Political Economy Hypotheses. Johan F. M. Swinnen.
Johan F.M. Swinnen is Professor of development economics and Director of the LICOS Center for Transition Economics at the University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, and Coordinator of the European Network of Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Institutes (ENARPRI). He has been lead economist at the World Bank and an Economic Advisor at the European Commission. He has also acted as consultant and advisor to other international institutions including EBRD, OECD, FAO, and IFAD and many East European governments. Scott Rozelle is Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rozelle received his B.Sc. from UC, Berkely, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before moving to the University of California in 1998, he was an Assistant Professor in the Food Research Institute and Department of Economics at Stanford University. He is the U.C. Davis 2000 Chancellor Fellow and is the chair of the Board of Academic Advisors of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy.