Shimizu, Manabu (ed.)
Chûô Ajia: shijôka no gendankai to kadai. Tokyo, Institute of Developing Economies, 1998, xx-299 p. [Central Asian Experiments in the Transition to a Market Economy: Present Stages and the Work to Be Done]
Principal articles : Matsushima, Yoshihiro, « Uzubekisutan no shijôkeizaika to sono kadai » [Transition to Market Economy : the Case of Uzbekistan], pp. 3-32 ; Iwasaki, Ichirô, « Uzubekisutan ni okeru taisei tenkanki no seifukigyôkan kankei : kôgyô o chushin ni » [Mutual Relations between Government and Industrial Enterprises under Systemic Changes in Uzbekistan], pp. 33-66 ; Kawai, Shinji, « Chûô Ajia no nôgyô : Uzubekisutan o chushin ni » [Agriculture in Uzbekistan and Other Central Asian Countries], pp. 67-103 ; Nishikimi, Kôji, « Kazafusutan ni okeru nôgyô min’eika no genjô to kadai : dokuritsu jieino no seisan koritsu no keisoku » [Farm Privatization in Kazakhstan : Production Efficiency of Family Farms], pp. 105-130 ; Oka, Natsuko, « CIS ni okeru keizai togo : Kazafusutan no senryaku » [Economic Integration in the CIS : Kazakhstan’s Strategy], pp. 131-165 ; Shimizu, Manabu, « Shijôka no yoken to shigen kaihatsu, chiikiteki saihensei » [Exploitation of Energy Resources and Regional Re-organization : Prerequisites for Transition], pp. 167-198 ; Kimura, Hidesuke, « Chûô Ajia no Roshiajin » [Russians in Central Asia], pp. 199-227.
This book is one of the results of a research project on the transition to a market economy in Central Asia, conducted by the Institute of Developing Economies with extensive field research. Not all of the authors are specialists on Central Asia, and the levels of included articles are varied, but still the book contains a lot of useful information and presents views different from those of European, American and Central Asian scholars. Among others, Iwasaki analyzes what has changed and what has not changed in relations between the government and industrial enterprises in Uzbekistan. On the basis of micro data, he shows that the Soviet system of industrial management by the government has been reorganized but not entirely abolished, and the administrative office of the economic union of each industrial sector even more strongly controls enterprises than did its predecessor in the Soviet times.