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Corporate governance and privatisation: lessons from transition economies

Estrin, Saul ORCID: 0000-0002-3447-8593 (2002) Corporate governance and privatisation: lessons from transition economies. Journal of African Economies, 11 (Supple). pp. 68-104. ISSN 0963-8024

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jafeco/11.suppl_1.68


This paper brings the learning from a decade of privatisation activity in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe to the African economic policy debate. Privatisation has usually been found to have a beneficial impact on company performance in developed countries. However, it has been less successful in Central and Eastern Europe because of legal and institutional weaknesses and because mass privatisation techniques, though widely employed, were poorly conceived for delivering performance improvement in such an environment. Given some similarities between the Central and Eastern Europe and African institutional and economic environments, policy makers in Africa need to learn from this experience in order to ensure that privatisation is undertaken in a way that delivers effective ownership rights and in the context of a strongly competitive market environment.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2002 Centre for the Study of African Economies
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 01:43

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