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Title: Professor Gerschenkron goes to Brussels: Russian catch-up economics and the common European space
Authors: Hedlund, Stefan
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)
Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC
Bibliographic citation: Hedlund Stefan (2006), Professor Gerschenkron goes to Brussels: Russian catch-up economics and the common European space. In: The European Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 3, n. 1, 2006, p. 51-74. E-ISSN 1824-2979.
Abstract: Ongoing discussions between Russia and the EU on the formation of a Common European Economic Space bring back to mind Alexander Gerschenkron's classic essay on economic backwardness in historical perspective. This paper argues that the institutions that once produced a specific kind of catch-up economics in Czarist Russia still remain largely the same. Unless negotiations between Moscow and Brussels take into consideration such fundamental institutional incompatibility, attempts at harmonization, expressed by Brussels as an attempt tp spread Western values, will be doomed to fail. A cynical conlusion views potential convergence as adaptation by Brussels to traditional Russian institutional patterns of rule evasion, rather than a Westernization of Russia.
Journal/Book: The European journal of comparative economics
Appears in Collections:EJCE

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