Implications of GATT for Eastern Europe and the Baltics

Grazyna M. Michalska, Rachael E. Goodhue, Arthur A. Small
March 1992  [93-GATT 7]

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Michalska, G., R. Goodhue, and A. Small. 1992. "Implications of GATT for Eastern Europe and the Baltics." CARD paper 93-GATT 7. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.


The story of agriculture in Eastern Europe during the last quarter century is a story of policy driven by politics, rather than by sound economics. Even in the highly distorted economics of the socialist period, agricultural policy stands out as being singularly colored by ideological imperatives, and singularly vulnerable to interest group pressures. While the revolutions of 1989-91 did mark a sharp move towards liberalization, these moves are now being slowed and even reversed, as countries of the region adopt Western style interventionism on preparation for accession to the European Union.