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The Mismanaged Integration of Zaporizhzhya with the World Economy: Implications for Regional Development in Peripheral Regions


  • Hans Van Zon


VAN ZON H. (1998) The mismanaged integration of Zaporizhzhya with the world economy: implications for regional development in peripheral regions, Reg. Studies 32, 607-618. In Soviet times, Zaporizhzhya, a major industrial town in South Eastern Ukraine, developed in almost complete isolation from the world economy and world society. After the independence of Ukraine in 1991, Zaporizhzhya endured rapid industrial decline. The internationalization that has taken place was mostly confined to markets rather than to productive structures. The export base became very weak mainly based on the export of subsidized steel and aluminium. This paper analyses the modalities of the integration of Zaporizhzhya into the world economy and the impact this had upon endogenous development potential. In particular the institutional barriers, such as the lack of 'social capital', to Zaporizhzhya's beneficial integration into the world economy are considered. VAN ZON H. (1998) L'integration mal dirigee de Zaporizhzhya dans l'economie mondiale: des consequences eventuelles pour l'amenagement des regions periphe ´riques, Reg. Studies 32, 607-618. A l'epoque sovietique, Zaporizhzhya, une importante ville industrielle situee dans l'Ukraine du Sud-Est, s'est developpee presque a l'ecart de l'economie et de la societe mondiales. Au lendemain de l'independance de l'Ukraine en 1991, Zaporizhzhya a subi un declin economique rapide. L'internationalisation qui a eu lieu a concerne dans une large mesure les marches plutot que les structures productives. La base des exportations, surtout l'exportation de l'acier et de l'aluminium subventionne ´s, s'est affaiblie. Cet article cherche a analyser les modalites de l'integration de Zaporizhzhya dans l'economie mondiale et les consequences pour le potentiel de developpement endogene. En particulier on considere les barrieres institutionnelles, telles que le manque de capital social, a l'integration avantageuse de Zaporizhzhya dans l'economie mondiale. VAN ZON H. (1998) Die fehlgeschlagene Eingliederung Zaporizhzhyas in die Weltwirtschaft: Implikationen fur regionale Entwicklung in Randgebieten, Reg. Studies 32, 607-618. Zu Zeiten der Sowjetunion entwickelte sich im Su ¨dosten der Ukraine in Zaporizhzhya eine bedeutende Industriestadt in fast volliger Abgeschiedenheit von der Weltwirtschaft und Weltgesellschaft. Nach der Unabha ¨ngigkeit der Ukraine im Jahre 1991 erlitt Zaporizhzhya einen raschen industriellen Niedergang. Die Internationalisierung, die stattgefunden hatte, beschrankte sich meist mehr auf Markte als auf Produktionsstrukturen. Die Exportgrundlage war sehr geschwacht worden, da sie hauptsachlich auf der Ausfuhr von subventioniertem Stahl und Aluminium beruht hatte. Dieser Aufsatz analysiert die Modalitaten der Eingliederung Zaporizhzhyas in die Weltwirtschaft und auf die Wirkung, die sie auf das endogene Entwicklungspotential ausubte. Es werden vorallem die institutionellen Hindernisse - wie der Mangel an Sozialkapital - fur Zaporizhzhyas vorteilhafte Eingliederung in die Weltwirtschaft behandelt.

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  • Hans Van Zon, 1998. "The Mismanaged Integration of Zaporizhzhya with the World Economy: Implications for Regional Development in Peripheral Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(7), pages 607-618.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:32:y:1998:i:7:p:607-618
    DOI: 10.1080/00343409850119508

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    1. Valentijn Bilsen & Elena Mitina, 1999. "Financing Firm Start-up and Restructuring in Transition Countries: Evidence from Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia," Working Papers wp150, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.


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