Russia and Eurasia Publications

Commemoration of the Chernobyl Disaster: The Human Experience Twenty Years Later (2007)

Jul 07, 2011
Conference Proceedings Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Papers Series #295, 2007. PDF 82 pages.

56. Comparing Clans in Hungary and Russia

Jul 07, 2011
Relying on the metaphors of plan and clan, this essay endeavors to show the similarities and differences in Hungarian and Russian paths and will evaluate the starting points, factors, processes and outcomes of post-communist transformation in Hungary and Russia. Focusing on clientelistic privatization and corruption networks, as well as on forces countervailing clandestine relationships, the author argues that whereas “clans for market” proved to be an accurate description of Hungary’s development, this interpretation is hardly applicable to Russia. The Russian-style clans endangered market building and prepared the reemergence of “clans for plan.” The following discussion will address what these opposite trajectories may mean for Hungary and Russia, as well as for the world at large.