This book examines the political economy of attempts to restructure the Donbass, one of the Soviet Union's most important 'old economy' 'rustbelt' industrial regions. It shows how local interest groups have successfully frustrated the central government's and the World Bank's proposed market-oriented restructuring, and how a manufacturing-based regional economy is surviving, partially, with restructuring postponed.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reconstructing the Post-Soviet Industrial Region Adam Swain Part 1: The Donbas Regional Economy in Transition 1. The Ukrainian Donbas in ‘Transition’ Adam Swain and Vlad Mykhnenko 2. The Reform of Ukraine's Energy Complex and its Consequences for Donetsk Hans van Zon 3. Regional Politics in Ukraine’s Transition: The Donetsk Élite Elena Kovaleva 4. The Evolution of the Industrial Structure in Donetsk Region: Macro-, Microeconomic and Institutional Factors Alexander Lyakh 5. Trapped in Past Glory: Self-Identification and Self-Symbolisation in the Donbass Kerstin Zimmer Part 2: The Restructuring of the Coal Mining Industry in the Donbas 6. The Donetsk Clan and the Demise of the Coal Industry Oleg Bogatov 7. The Social Consequences of Coal Mine Restructuring Olena Popova 8. Projecting ‘Transition’ in the Ukrainian Donbas: Policy Transfer and the Restructuring of the Coal Industry Adam Swain
Adam Swain is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has been researching regional development, industrial restructuring and labour relations in Hungary, East Germany and Ukraine since the early 1990s. He is co-editor of a special issue of Regional Studies (1998) about globalization and eastern and central Europe and co-editor of Work, Employment and Transition: Restructuring livelihoods in 'post-communist' Eastern Europe.
'This book brings together contributions from researchers based in the UK and Ukraine on the economic development of the Donbas region. Its importance is clear for the study of post-communist transition' - Martin Myant, University of the West of Scotland (2008)
'For those who have a theory, this book will provide a great deal of detailed analysis of a key region in Ukraine' - Slavic Review, Fall 2008, Vol.67, No.3
'This excellent collection is a coherent and well-informed introduction to the economic and social transformations in a major Soviet ‘rustbelt’region, as well as to the economic conundrums of post-Communist Ukraine.' - Serhy Yekelchyk, Slavonic and East European Review (vol. 89, no. 2, April 2011)