nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2010‒06‒18
two papers chosen by
Koen Schoors
Ghent University

  1. Prospects of liberalization for S&T policies in Russia: institutional analysis By Kirdina, Svetlana
  2. Holding together regionalism and the interaction of functional bureaucracies By Libman, Alexander; Vinokurov, Evgeny

  1. By: Kirdina, Svetlana
    Abstract: The objective of the paper is to define the trajectory of economic institutional reforms in Russia as a framework of S&T policies. The methodology of this research is based upon the institutional matrices theory (Кирдина, 2001; Kirdina, 2003). The hypothesis claims that the “institutional nature” of Russia defines its prospects of liberalization and needs the active implementation of liberal market institutions policy only within a framework of modernization of redistributive state economic system. Modern S&T policy in Russia demonstrates the implications of such kind of development. The new institutional form of State Corporation that is non-profit organization under government regulation has been widely developed for last 3 years. The main sphere of State Corporations activity is high-tech development. The share of State Corporations in the state budget is more than 20% and it is constantly increasing.
    Keywords: institutional matrices theory; X- and Y-economies; Russia; state regulation; S&T policy
    JEL: O32 K11 P00 H11 B52 D42 E61 O52 B41
    Date: 2010–05–24
  2. By: Libman, Alexander; Vinokurov, Evgeny
    Abstract: The paper focuses on regional integration projects established by countries originally comprising a single political entity after its collapse. It shows that in this framework the existing economic ties between countries are likely to adversely affect the interests of functional bureaucracy to support regional integration given the cutting off the existing connections is often more promising from the point of view of the budget expansion. Hence, interaction of national and supranational bureaucracies is unlikely to generate impetus for increasing regional cooperation. On the other hand, external economic shocks are likely to boost “holding-together” regionalism. The empirical case for the analysis is that of the regional cooperation of the post-Soviet countries in the area of transportation and power utilities.
    Keywords: holding-together regionalism; regional integration; bureaucracy; post-Soviet countries
    JEL: F15 P26
    Date: 2010

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