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Institutional Change and the Problems of Restructuring the Russian Fishing Industry


  • Frode Nilssen
  • Geir Hønneland


This article discusses how the transition from a planned towards a market-based economy has affected the Russian fishing industry. It is based on a series of studies of the Northwest Russian fishing industry, where evidence from its past role and functioning is contrasted with the current situation. The conceptual perspective drawn on is institutional theory, with a focus on higher-order institutions. One of the main findings is that the fishing companies stand out as the only surviving party in the game. The losers are the land-based fish processing industry, the mother ship and transport fleet, and the support structures, which depend on the activities generated by the prime production (fishing). It is argued that the new institutional arrangements necessarily force a new adaptation among the fishing companies, and suggested that some of the changes of the higher-order institutions have been less successful than initially assumed, as there still are several adverse elements in the Russian institutional arrangements that hinder further transition toward a marketbased economy.

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  • Frode Nilssen & Geir Hønneland, 2001. "Institutional Change and the Problems of Restructuring the Russian Fishing Industry," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(3), pages 313-330.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pocoec:v:13:y:2001:i:3:p:313-330
    DOI: 10.1080/14631370120074858

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    1. Gennady Polonsky & Zaven Aivazian, 2000. "Restructuring Russian Industry: Can It Really Be Done?," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 229-240.
    2. A. Yakovlev, 1996. "Industrial Enterprises in the Markets. New Marketing Relations, Status and Perspectives of Competition," Working Papers wp96048, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
    3. Peter Kirkow, 1997. "Russia's regional puzzle: Institutional change and economic adaptation," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 261-287.
    4. Philip Hanson, 1997. "What sort of capitalism is developing in Russia?," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(1), pages 27-42.
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    1. Siv Reithe & Michaela Aschan, 2004. "Bioeconomic Analysis of By-Catch of Juvenile Fish in the Shrimp Fisheries – an Evaluation of Management Procedures in the Barents Sea," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 28(1), pages 55-72, May.

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