Functional Review Schemes

Two 1-page sample schemes are here includes as samples of perceptualisation of the FSU institutional structures at the top and also how the new Gorbatsov era new elements were incoprorated in the system 1987 - 1991. The second 1-page schemes is about the EU insstitutions and functionality/inter-relationship between them (EU is too often a Black Box to its citizens).  

The FSU Institutional Structure

/datafiles/userfiles/File/USSR IT Industry by Asumer 1990.pdf

This USSR IT Industry scheme was used widely by western companies and experts and also by the Soviet scientists observing changes in overall setting in the pre-transtion years 1987 - 1991 i.e. during the Perestroika ja Glasnost years.  In comparision with rival presentations and schemes, this scheme structured things incorporating the old setup as well as the new emerging elements:  The New Services Industry and also the customers. When customers were recognised, it was a market system in comparision with the old planned economy, where people were consumer only. 

The New Service Industry element incorporated also the new industrial associations reprenting interests of private industries.  The new types of enterprises were cooperatives, joint ventures and amalgamations, which were newly organised state enterprises with more business like management and decision making mechanisms. 

Particularly, the cooperative movement since 1988 became a driving force in adopting market-oriented approach in distribution of food products and producing new types of services.  Also, in construction industry was a state-funded mechanism for youth dwelling construction, and the Komsomol Youth Centres for Creativity often in PC computer business - these new structures were de-facto "Business Academies for the most  successful businessmen with privatisation programme in transition" where the initial capital was collected already during the last years of FSU. 

The EU Institutional Structure

/datafiles/userfiles/File/Functionality Scheme of Major EU Institutions in 2002.pdf

As it was the case in late 1980s, people were not able to see how the FSU old and new structures were inter-linked; the same problem is with European citizens that they do not have clearly what are the EU institutions and how these institutions function together. 

Since 1996, during my years as an expert in EU technical assistance programmes, I have recognized similarities with comprehension of the FSU set-up.  If the European public takes things as they are through mass media, it should not be a case with the professionals how to perceptualize the EU setting. 

There is a common denominator between the FSU and EU top-level institutional structures.  In both of the schemes posted at this website, there is no space for voice of citizens - end-users, as often described in a market system.

In addition, materialising of the individual rights, in both systems were premature born children of without dialogic capability. These slogan-based democracies is visible in Ukrainian Crisis, which shows how easily people can forget the great ideals. 




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