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Whither Russia? A Review of Andrei Shleifer's A Normal Country

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya ()

Journal of Economic Literature, 2007, vol. 45, issue 1, 127-146

Abstract: In this review, the author reflects on the heated debates around views about Russia's postcommunist transition expressed in essays collected in new Andrei Shleifer's book, A Normal Country: Russia after Communism (Harvard University Press, 2005), which were initially published at different times during transition. She focuses on the three questions that have been in the center of the debate among academics and policymakers: What should the sequencing and the speed of reforms be? Should a country have political centralization for fiscal decentralization to be efficient? Is Russia normal? The author argues that Russia's most recent history provides convincing evidence in support of the logic of political and economic transformation as it was understood by Shleifer as early as the beginning of the 1990s.

Date: 2007
Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.45.1.127
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