Market Without Economy

The 1998 Russian Financial Crisis

Market Without Economy
The 1998 Russian Financial Crisis

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About the book


The 1998 financial crisis in Russia was one of the most dramatic economic breakdowns of the last decade and symbolized the failure of the transition process as it had been conducted since the end of the Soviet Union. There is no general agreement on the nature of the rouble collapse; a number of contradictory interpretations have been discussed among economists. This book argues that the Russian 1998 financial turmoil is best predicted by Krugman’s and Sargent-Wallace’s models. The currency collapse had its origins in the peculiar way in which the transition was managed. In particular, the Russian government became entrapped into the double constraint of a tight monetary policy imposed by the IMF, on the one side, and a loose fiscal policy to support the private sector, on the other. Those policies were inconsistent, and led to inflationary processes that were postponed through emission of a large amount of Treasury Bonds to finance the fiscal deficit. At the same time, a tight monetary policy retarded the recovery of the industrial sector. While the particular timing of the crisis was co-determined by other factors, such as the Asian financial crisis and the fall of the oil price, it was this incoherent monetary and financial policies mix that constituted the main cause of the rouble’s spectacular collapse in August 1998. The book provides extensive coverage of a decade of Russian reforms. It criticizes neo-liberal ideology and the course of the transition process supported by the “Washington Consensus.”
The author

About the author

Nicola Melloni is a doctoral student at St. Hugh’s College Oxford and the Centre for International Development – Queen Elizabeth House of the University of Oxford. He obtained his first degree in Political Science and an MA in International Relations at the University of Bologna, as well as an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford. In 1999, he was a visiting student at Moscow State University, and, in 2002, a visiting lecturer at the University of Tashkent. Melloni is also a commentator on Russian politics for the Italian magazine Carta.

The foreword author:

Eiji Furukawa is Moscow correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Nikkei and the co-author of several books on international affairs.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Nicola Melloni, Eiji Furukawa
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 156
Language English
Publication date Jan 15, 2007
Weight (kg) 0.2350
ISBN-13 9783898214070