Readership: Academics and general readers
interested in economic history, development economics, comparative economic systems, the economics of transition, and the Russian and Chinese economies.
Vladimir Popov, Advisor; Professor Emeritus, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations; New Economic School, Moscow
Vladimir Popov is an Interregional Adviser in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations and professor emeritus at the New Economic School in Moscow. He is also professor at the Graduate School of International Business at the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow, and an adjunct research professor at the Institute of European and Russian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has written
extensively on various issues of the economics of development and transition. He is the author and editor of 11 books and numerous articles that have been published in the Journal of Comparative Economics, Comparative Economic Studies, World Development, Post Communist Economies, New Left Review, and other academic journals, as well as many essays in the media. His works have been published in Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
"This is a short, fast-paced, and ambitious book. Its discussion is rich in economic history ... an outstanding work that focuses on economic development and uses history primarily to shed light on issues of the present and the future. Time will tell if the proposed paradigm will help shape mainstream development thinking, but there is no question that it provides food for thought and deserves to be read by anyone interested in how poor countries can gain ground with their rich counterparts." - EH.Net
"It is an interesting, thought-provoking and unorthodox explanation of the mechanism of economic expansion and growth." -
Grzegorz Kolodko, Personal Blog
"In Mixed Fortunes Vladimir Popov has provided a remarkably original and provocative analysis of economic growth and institutional change across the world but particularly in China, Russia and the West. While most conventional interpretations have seen this process as a consequence of either enhancing or stifling the power of market forces, Popov stresses the differing roles of the state in building institutional capacity as the major explanatory variable. This book can be read profitably by both specialists and laymen interested in the past, present and future of the world economy." - Ron Findlay, Ragnar Nurske Professor of
Economics Emeritus, Columbia University
"Filled with fresh thinking on the factors behind economic development, Popovs analysis cuts through old orthodoxies and offers a host of new insights. This is the best study yet of why the last two decades have been marked by stunning economic success in China, and frustrating failures in Russia. Blending attention to institutions and capital accumulation with analyses of the social order as shown in murder rates and income inequality, Popov demonstrates how promoting economic growth requires custom fitting of policies to a countrys stage of development, political institutions, and historical legacies. This book, in non-technical
terms, points the way to a new and more productive approach to economic development." - Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University
"In a wide historical sweep, Vladimir Popov charts the rise of the West after the first Industrial Revolution, the apparently successful but ultimately failed development challenge launched by the Soviet model, and the current rise of China. He emphasizes the role of indigenous institutions in fostering economic growth and the failure of imported models. It is a powerful indictment of development economics as practiced during the last couple of decades. There are few economists better equipped that
Popov to handle these large issues of rise and fall of economic powers." - Branko Milanovic, author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, Basic Books
"A big, bold book that provides a unified framework for explaining why some countries and regions get ahead economically while others fall behind. Popov shows how inequality, institutions, saving rates all matter but sometimes in surprising and unexpected ways." - Dani Rodrik, Institute for Advanced Study
"Challenging conventional wisdom, Vladimir Popov offers a rare perspective on the economic development challenges of our times by
bringing together his profound understanding of economic history, development theory, and post-communist transition. Offering a nuanced statist developmental view of capitalist transformation and accumulation, he provides rich comparative insights into the interaction and sequencing of various key elements accelerating or retarding and sustaining growth and economic transformation." - Jomo Kwame Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development; UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development, 2005-2012
1: How the West became Rich: Stylized Facts and Literature Review
2: Why Did the West Become Rich First? Why Are Some Developing Countries Catching Up But Others Are Not?
3: Chinese and Russian Economies Under Central Planning: Why the Difference in Outcomes?
4: Chinese and Russian Economies Since Reforms: Transformational Recession in Russia and Acceleration of Growth in China
5: Growth Miracles and Failures: Lessons for Development Economics