Privatizing the Land provides an overview of reforms in the state socialist agrarian systems, especially during the 1970s and 1980s in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Using empirical evidence, the contributors provide a balanced assessment of how agrarian economies performed in different communist countries.
The Soviet and Eastern European experience is contrasted with reforms in China, Vietnam and Cuba to provide the first comprehensive account of agricultural restructuring after the collapse of communism in Europe and Asia.
1. Introduction: a theoretical framework / Ivan Szelenyi -- 2. The Hungarian agricultural 'miracle' and the limits of socialist reforms / Istvan Harcsa, Imre Kovach and Ivan Szelenyi -- 3. The alchemy of reform: Bulgarian agriculture in the 1980s / Mieke Meurs and Simeon Djankov -- 4. Cuba: the reluctant reformer / Carmen Diana Deere --5. Agrarian change in contemporary rural China / Joshua Muldavin -- 6. After collectivization: continuity and change in rural China / Mark Selden -- 7. Agrarian Thermidor: state, decollectivization, and the peasant question in Vietnam / Michael Watts -- 8. The treadmill of socialist reforms and the failures of post-communist 'revolutions' in Russian agriculture: is there an alternative? / Sergei Nickolsky -- 9. The price of privatization: theommuni post-cst transformational crisis of the Hungarian agrarian system / Istvan Harcsa, Imre Kovach and Ivan Szelenyi.
Published: 4th June 1998