The retail revolution in post-socialist Central Europe and its lessons

Yaakov Garb, Tomasz Dybicz

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Abstract

Post-socialist Central Europe witnessed the retail revolution that preceded residential sprawl and suburban lifestyles. The retail sectors in countries under Soviet influence were systematically dismantled and reconstructed following the Second World War. The rapid changes in the retail sector in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe are well recognized and can arguably be considered a symbolic hallmark of the transition. After a few transitional years of privatization, de-concentration of retail ownership, and some domestic-capital initiatives, from the late 1990s onward there was rapid consolidation and the establishment of multinational, large format, modern retail facilities. The massive capitalization of international retailers in contrast to the incomes of government and municipal officials meant that bribery was frequent and could override residual attempts to regulate land use. Western Europe, on the other hand, has evolved a fairly diverse and sophisticated toolkit of measures for regulating retail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Urban Mosaic of Post-Socialist Europe
Subtitle of host publicationSpace, Institutions and Policy
PublisherPhysica-Verlag
Pages231-252
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783790817263
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

Publication series

NameContributions to Economics
ISSN (Print)1431-1933

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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