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Markets Versus Hierarchies: A Political Economy of Russia from the 10th Century to 2008

Markets Versus Hierarchies: A Political Economy of Russia from the 10th Century to 2008

by Ekaterina Brancato


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This unique book uses a transaction cost perspective to illustrate how hierarchies influenced the structure of markets and behaviour of individual businesses and cartels in pre-revolutionary, Soviet and present-day Russia.

Ekaterina Brancato exposes the devastating effects of self-interested decision-making of government officials on economic growth, and highlights the inefficiencies of the legal system in Russia. She demonstrates that throughout Russian history considerable state involvement in the economy has meant that some markets were highly regulated; for most of the 20th century, open markets were suppressed by the political regime, and entrepreneurial success has been dependent on networking. The general population, the author argues, has exhibited an inadequate propensity to self-govern. In addition, the laws of contract and private property, crucial for development of markets, have been ineffective. The book concludes that, consequently, the cost of market transactions has been high and the cost of social networking through hierarchies relatively low.

This book will strongly appeal to academics and students specializing in industrial organization, public choice, transition, entrepreneurship, social networks and cultural studies as well as Russian economic history and political economy. Business and management students focusing on transition economies will also find this book to be of particular interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847208118
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: The Locke Institute Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ekaterina Brancato, Senior Research Fellow, The Locke Institute, US

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword by Charles Rowley Part I: Introduction 1. Markets versus Hierarchies 2. Theoretical Background Part II: The Pre-Revolutionary Period 3. The Dominant Role of the State in Governing Economic and Political Affairs 4. Social Norms 5. Status of Merchants Part III: The Soviet Period: 1917–85 6. The Dominant Role of the Soviet State in Governing Economic and Political Affairs 7. Social Networks and Cultural Atavism Part IV: Perestroika and the Post-Soviet Era 8. The Political Economy of the Russian State: Elite Networks 9. Social Networks and Economic Efficiency: Everyday Networks 10. Networks and Post-Soviet Culture Conclusion: The Reality of Russian Political Economy Appendix A: War Statistics Appendix B: Distribution of Serfs Around Moscow Bibliography Index

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