Presentations & Publications
23.03.09

Post-USSR: Assessing Government Anti-Crisis Actions

Author: Ekaterina Shipova Director of The Post-Crisis World Institute Foundation


“Our research carried out in February - beginning of March actually "has photographed" expert community opinion of at the moment of crisis.
At this moment the world economic community has come to a consensus concerning long-term character of crisis. We were told that this winter will be long. Crisis will be prolonged for 3-5 more years.
Global and prolonged character of this crisis means that it applies to everyone. If it has nothing to do with you today – it will tomorrow. If not in a straight forward way, it will do it indirectly. And in that case the search for the way out is our common purpose. Today the global format of nongovernmental comprehension and collective examination are necessary to understand all processes and consequences that were activated by this crisis
Actually the method of our research had also consisted of such collective examination. Participants of our research were on one hand experts from the different countries and on another hand they were "vox populi" (voice of the nation) – inhabitants of the post-soviet countries.
Secondly comprehension of long character of this crisis has resulted in the certain changes in the thinking by expert community. If earlier in the expert community the prevailing point was “TO WAIT OUT the crisis", experts were guided by external factors: the price for oil, situation in the USA, etc., now there is an interest in the internal sources allowing “TO LIVE through crisis” – an interest in sources within the countries and in the sub regions.
Today the usual economic indicators are behind the real situation. The trust to the rating agencies and formal statistics is undermined.
Naturally in such conditions there is an aggravated search of the new parameters of success or lack of success, efficiency or inefficiency. More and more the experts pay attention to non-economic counteraction to the crisis. It is prominent feature of present crisis – insufficiency of economic actions. Crisis is economic in its nature but the way out of it is more often seen in politics.
Therefore there is a change in the orientation of the expert community towards the sociology and politics. Also that is characteristic that the results of the carried out sociological survey of the population confirm and at times evidently illustrate all those opinion trends that exist within the multinational expert pool”.

Post-Crisis World Institute