IISEPS News, N 2 (12), 1999



Building an Information and Analytical Infrastructure for Private Enterprise:
Dr. L. Zaiko, NCSI “East-West”
The Role of Social and Economic Analysis in the Development of Private Business
Dr. T. Bykova, BUEL
The Increase of Influence of the BUEL on Public Opinion and Economic Policy Through Informational and Analytical Activities
Dr. V. Vorobyev, Dr. V. Kovalev, Belarusian Agricultural Academy
The Role of Centers of Support for Private Business in the Development of an Informational, Analitycal and Consultative Infrastructure of Private Business
Prof. O. Manaev, IISEPS
The Technology of Creation an Information and Analytical Infrastructure of Private Business
Dr. A. Sasnow, IISEPS
The Creation and Functioning of Social, Economic and Political Information Data Bases

Youth and Civil Society:
Dr. Yu. Drakokhrust, Dr. G. Drakokhrust, IISEPS
Whom Do Those Trust Who Do Not Trust the President?
Dr. A. Sasnow, IISEPS
Modern Economy as Viewed by the Youth
Dr. N. Yefimova, IISEPS
Youth’99: an Essay on a Newspaper Page
Dr. Yu. Drakokhrust, IISEPS
Belarus in the World as Viewed by Youth

Think Tanks and Development of Civil Society:
Prof. Yu. Khadyka, Belarusian Popular Front
Look for Ultimate Truth Only (Notes on the Activities of Independent Analitical Centers in Belarus)


Dear readers!


In this issue of the IISEPS news bulletin we present to you materials that we believe reflect the most interesting and important results of the institute’s two current research projects.
The materials in the first part of the bulletin deal with the issues of the creation and development of an information and analytical structure of private business in Belarus. The IISEPS has recently launched a relevant project in cooperation with the Belarusian Union of Entrepreneurs and Leaseholders and with the support from the Center for International Private Enterprise, USA. Various research procedures implemented by the IISEPS, such as a national survey, a survey among businessmen and policy makers, the content analysis of the Belarusian press and other, will be focused on the project’s main goal of the creation of the BUEL’s information and analytical groups that would supply businessmen with information on the most important social and economic processes in the country and increase private business’ impact on public opinion and the country’s economic policy through the publication and distribution of information and analytical bulletins. An important element of the project will be a series of regional seminars and a final conference in Minsk, where IISEPS and BUEL leaders and experts, as well as leaders of other business unions, media and policy makers will discuss various aspects of the creation and development of such an infrastructure. This issue contains brief versions of reports presented at the first of the series of the seminars, which took place in Mogilev in late May.
In the second part of the bulletin, the new results of the project “The Role of the Youth in the Formation of a Civil Society in Belarus” implemented with the support from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, are presented. Some materials were prepared on the results of a national survey, other are based on the results of a survey among youth leader and policy makers. Another part of materials were prepared on the results of content analysis of the Belarusian press’ publications on youth. We believe that these materials can help you to have a new look at the Belarusian youth whose opinion and activities sometimes significantly differ from traditional assumptions, such as “Young people support the president” or “Young people are a rioting generation.” In continuation of our practice of presenting not only analysis but also empirical information, we publish the most important results of the survey among youth leaders and policy makers on youth issues, as well as the results of a survey among businessmen on private business issues.
In addition, this issue includes the notes by one of the most famous and respected Belarusian politicians, deputy head of the Belarusian Popular Front, Yuri Khadyka. Mass audiences are more used to see this person at public rallies (on Belarusian TV) or in prison (in pictures from the independent press.) However, there is another side of Professor Khadyka, that of a profound and interesting analyst who has his own view of the Belarusian history and national idea and the role of independent research centers in the development of civil society. We are sure that his view of independent research and analysis will be interesting and will provoke a discussion not less than his political stand.
We encourage your comments, most interesting of which will be published in the IISEPS news bulletin s next issue.