CRAIG L. INFANGER (Lexington, KY, USA)1 AN INSIDE VIEW OF RUSSIAN AGRARIAN REFORM One of the small technical assistance experiments included in the Emerging Democracies Program of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the Resident Policy Advisor Program for the Newly' Independent States (NIS). From November 1992 to December 1993 I participated in this program as expatriate policy advisor in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. What follows is my brief personal view of some of the people and ' institutions with whom I interacted, the major agricultural policy issues and debates, and a brief assessment of the future of agrarian policy reform. My perspective is that of policy advisor, a role I have played in other situations and countries but never in Russia or the USSR. My a.cademic interests have been the economics of agricultural and resource policy, not Russian agricul- ture or economics. ' . The USDA Resident Policy Advisor Program i.s a modest attempt to provide direct, long-term policy assistance to agricultural reform efforts un- derway in the countries of the former USSR. During 1992-93 advisors were placed in Russia and Kazakhstan. USDA has recently recruited a policy advi- sor to Ukraine, and discussions are
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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