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ALBANIA- Restructuring Centralised Authority

ALBANIA Restructuring Centralised Authority Ramnath Narayanswamy WELL known for its strict ideological insulation from the outside world, the Albanian experience of economic reform has not received the attention it assuredly deserves when compared to the other centrally planned economies of Eastern Europe. Very little is known about the country, a state of affairs for which academic indifference is in some measure responsible. But intellectual neglect apart, the Albanian experiment with centralised planning possesses several unique features and national specificities that merit attention not only from the point of view of the economic and institutional problems afflicting the socialist economies of Eastern Europe, but equally from the lessons thrown up the experience. Albania was the last country in Europe to adopt the Soviet-type model which occurred only a year before its political break from the Soviet Union. Also, its long association with the Chinese version of putting 'politics in command' has tent a certain interesting dimension to its efforts at improving economic performance. The most important factor however is geographical: "More than in any other East European state", writes Michael Kaiser, that able specialist on East European affairs, "the compactness of the territory facilitates direct contact between central officials and local managers in the flow and counterflow of information and mutual appreciation of intents and objectives. What are local problems elsewhere are national on the Albanian scale: it has the same population as Budapest, there are six Romanian counties with more than its arable area, and its total forest cover is less than in a combination of almost any two Polish voivodships

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