An Abnormal Country

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Steven S. Rosefielde

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 1, 2004

Abstract

Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman recently rendered a summary verdict on the post-Soviet Russian transition experience finding that the Federation had become a normal country with the west's assistance, and predicting that it would liberalize and develop further like other successful nations of its type. This essay demonstrates that they are mistaken. It shows factually, and on the norms elaborated by Pareto, Arrow and Bergson that Russia is an abnormal political economy unlikely to democratize, westernize or embrace free enterprise any time soon.

Keywords: Russia, transition, welfare

JEL Classification: P30, P40, P51, P52

Suggested Citation

Rosefielde, Steven S., An Abnormal Country (September 1, 2004). BOFIT Discussion Paper No. 15/2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1015243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1015243

Steven S. Rosefielde (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States

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