Cover Osteuropa 9/2012

In Osteuropa 9/2012

Endangered Species
Germany’s Russian Economy Specialists

Roland Götz

Deutsche Fassung


Germany’s social-science expertise with regard to Russia is not faring well. This is especially true in economics. The reason seems clear: there is no longer any demand. Why is a Russia-specific economic field of economics necessary for a normal capitalist country? Two things are wrong with this view. For one, statistical data, as well as laws, regulations, and government programmes, are usually published only in Russian. For another, without any knowledge of the debates occurring among Russian economists, a scientific dialogue cannot take place. Countries like Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, or Estonia have grasped this. In Germany, this realisation is still missing.

(Osteuropa 9/2012, pp. 113–116)