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Privatization in Rural Eastern Europe

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Privatization in Rural Eastern Europe

The Process of Restitution and Restructuring

9781858982038 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by the late David Turnock, former Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Leicester, UK 
Publication Date: June 1998 ISBN: 978 1 85898 203 8 Extent: 448 pp
This book focuses on one of the major challenges facing countries in Eastern Europe, namely the creation and maintenance of jobs in the agricultural sector. It argues that future employment will critically depend upon the completion of the privatization process, as well as improved efficiency and market opportunity.

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This book focuses on one of the major challenges facing countries in Eastern Europe, namely the creation and maintenance of jobs in the agricultural sector. It argues that future employment will critically depend upon the completion of the privatization process, as well as improved efficiency and market opportunity.

Privatization in Rural Eastern Europe prescribes radical restructuring of the East European countryside and examines the future prospects for restitution and privatization from both national and regional perspectives. The economic and political history of rural Eastern Europe is examined in the context of the transition process. The discussion then develops with the extensive use of detailed country case studies which analyse the growth of private economic activity in Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia in a clear and systematic way. The book offers careful consideration of the future of the rural economy and emphasizes the importance of rural diversification and the development of the service sector to create new employment opportunities in rural areas.

This book will prove invaluable to academics with an interest in agricultural and transitional economics as well as to businessmen interested in East European agriculture, food processing and farm machinery.
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‘The present volume . . . should be warmly welcomed as an important addition to the limited literature on rural and agricultural transition. . . . the book provides authoritative country case studies and comprehensive lists of references. It can and should be used as an important source of relevant information on the behavior of the rural sector during transition in the nine countries of east central Europe. It faithfully captures and presents the main changes and trends faced by the rural population at large, without restricting the discussion exclusively to agriculture and farming. . . . The
range of topics is such that the volume will be useful to scholars of a broad profile, including economists, sociologists, and political scientists. The level of presentation makes the book suitable both for advanced researchers and for graduate students. Researchers with empirical leanings will find much useful raw data in the country studies. Theoreticians will find descriptions of general trends and processes that may provide useful insights to begin developing a theory of rural transition. In summary, this work is an important addition to the empirical literature on agricultural and rural transition.’
– Zvi Lerman, Slavic Review

‘The book is a good introduction into the complex problems of rural Eastern Europe after the transition, and it is recommend as an initial reading. Its extensive literature enables more in-depth studies.’
– Frithjof Kuhnen, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

‘The contributions are thorough, and, being mainly by geographers, have many fine maps and are strong on regional variations.’
– Nigel Swain, Economic Systems
Contributors
Contributors: I. Bicik, F. Bordanc, F.W. Carter, V. Drgoná, A. Dubcova, B. Górz, A. Götz, S. Grykien, D. Hall, H. Krámareková, W. Kurek, N. Muica, D. Turnock, Z. Varga, I. Vriser, O. Wilson
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Albania 3. Bulgaria 4. Czech Republic 5. East Germany 6. Hungary 7. Poland 8. Romania 9. Slovakia 10. Slovenia 11. Aspects of Farm Diversification 12. Conclusion
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