Buyouts and the Transformation of Russian Industry

  • Trevor Buck
  • Igor Filatotchev
  • Mike Wright
Part of the The Academy of International Business Series book series (AIB)


The 1990s have seen the collapse of the political and economic systems of the former Soviet Union (FSU) and its former satellites in the rest of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Progress has been made towards the political vision of democracy, but the economic vision of a market economy has proved more elusive. Citizens associated a market economy with consumer sovereignty, high living standards, rapid innovation and economic growth, but the reality has produced falling living standards and economic growth (as officially measured, at least), and high rates of unemployment and inflation. In reality, the full transition to a market economy must involve deregulation, price liberalisation, privatisation and the development of legal and financial institutions to underpin market processes. Many governments decided to privatise first and concentrate on other reforms later, in an attempt to achieve an irreversible reform of the centrally planned economy.


Corporate Governance Former Soviet Union Residual Income Product Market Competition Voucher Scheme 
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  • Trevor Buck
  • Igor Filatotchev
  • Mike Wright

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