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From: "Julie Shaw" <jshaw@ceip.org>
Subject: Anders ┼slund's new book
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001
NEW BOOK BY ANDERS ┼SLUND
BUILDING CAPITALISM: THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE FORMER SOVIET BLOC

www.ceip.org/files/Publications/buildingCapitalism.asp?from=pubauthor

"Building Capitalism has all the right ingredients: It is on a critically important issue; it is based on an extraordinarily detailed knowledge of economic and political history, pre- and post- the break-up of the former Soviet Union; and it displays a full acquaintance with the literature, Anders ┼slund's naturally exuberant style, and a clear point of view. Whether you agree with the argument or disagree with it, you should not be indifferent to this book. And by the end, you should fundamentally agree." -Stanley Fischer, former first deputy managing director, International Monetary Fund

"At last, post-communist economic reforms are presented in an appropriate geographic and historical perspective."-Yegor T. Gaidar, former acting prime minister of Russia

"This excellent book lays out strategies for reform that will be of use even to those countries most deeply in crisis."-George Soros, international financier and philanthropist

Released ten years after the fall of the Soviet Union, "Building Capitalism," by world renowned economist Anders ┼slund, provides the most comprehensive empirical analysis of the economic transformation of the countries comprising the former Soviet bloc during the past decade and challenges conventional wisdom. ┼slund-who has served as economic adviser to Boris Yeltsin's government, to the Ukrainian government, and to President Askar Akaev of Kyrgyzstan- shows what has and has not worked in this comparative and intensively researched study.

He spells out the drama and intense struggle between liberal reformers, who wanted to build a normal democracy and market economy, and rent-seeking businessmen and officials, who desired to make money at the expense of the state and society in transition. Privatization has undoubtedly been beneficial, and its positive effects will grow over time, he writes. The main problem has been the continuation of large, unregulated, and ubiquitous state apparatuses living on corruption.

Anders ┼slund, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and an expert on post-Soviet economies, is author of "How Russia Became a Market Economy" (1995) and "Post-Communist Economic Revolutions: How Big a Bang?" (1992).

Building Capitalism: The Transformation of the Former Soviet Bloc

By Anders ┼slund

Published by Cambridge University Press, 2002/508 pages

$26.95/paperback: 0-521-80525-2 or $80.00/hardcover: 0-521-80139-7 (plus tax and shipping)

To order call: 1-800-872-7423 or visit

www.ceip.org/files/Publications/buildingCapitalism.asp?from=pubauthor.

BUILDING CAPITALISM: THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE FORMER SOVIET BLOC
BY ANDERS ┼SLUND

TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF TABLES AND CHARTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
INTRODUCTION
1. WHAT COMMUNISM ACTUALLY WAS
2. THE DECLINE AND FALL OF SOCIALISM
3. STRATEGIC POLICY CHOICES
4. CHANGES IN OUTPUT AND THEIR CAUSES
5. LIBERALIZATION
6. FINANCIAL STABILIZATION
7. PRIVATIZATION
8. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND POLICY
9. STATE AND POLITICS IN THE TRANSFORMATION
10. ROLE OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD
11. CONCLUSIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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