From union to union: the evolutionary path of the Lithuanian forest sector

Imantas Lazdinis, Andrew Carver, Marius Lazdinis, Vygandas Kazimieras Paulikas

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In the light of theoretical trajectories of governance, ranging from the strong state model to the "governance without government", this paper analyses institutional developments in Lithuanian forestry during the period of 1990-2005. Lithuania has re-gained independence in 1990, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2004, Lithuania has become a NATO member and joined the European Union. The transition from the state dominated centrally planned economy to the market economy ruled by the democratic principles has had important implications to the forest sector. Lithuanian forestry had to accommodate all the factors related to this transition, privatization being the main impetus for change. It has transcended from being completely "state business" to a sector with a large private segment, with a large share of private forest ownership and provision of services by private companies in the management of state forests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-216
JournalForstwissenschaftliche Beiträge 35 Professur Forstpolitik und Forstökonomie = Forest Science Contributions Chair Forest Policy and Forest Economics
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2006



  • Forestry
  • Lithuania
  • Privatization

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