From Stagnation To Catastroika

Overview

This book is a collection of fascinating articles on the Soviet economy by an eminent economist. Most were written as current commentaries and were meant to report and to interpret developments in the Soviet economy under Gorbachev more or less as they occurred. Hanson's reflections cover more than particular events or a particular Soviet debate. In general, the articles were written for readers who were not necessarily either economists or Sovietologists, and they offer important insight on the ongoing ...

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Overview

This book is a collection of fascinating articles on the Soviet economy by an eminent economist. Most were written as current commentaries and were meant to report and to interpret developments in the Soviet economy under Gorbachev more or less as they occurred. Hanson's reflections cover more than particular events or a particular Soviet debate. In general, the articles were written for readers who were not necessarily either economists or Sovietologists, and they offer important insight on the ongoing transition of the Soviet economy to a free market economy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275942557
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/19/1992
  • Series: The Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILIP HANSON is professor of Soviet economics at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Author's Prologue: January 1992
Introduction 1
1 Brezhnev's Economic Legacy 7
2 Economics, Sovietology, and Mr. Gorbachev's Agenda 33
3 Discussion of Economic Reform in the USSR: The "Novosibirsk Paper" 55
4 Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet Economy 63
5 The Reform Debate Expands 68
6 Economics, Economic Advisers, and the Gorbachev Leadership 77
7 The Twenty-Seventh Party Congress: The Economy 85
8 Some Unanswered Questions about Gorbachev's Economic Reorganization 94
9 The Soviet Twelfth Five-Year Plan 100
10 The Enterprise Law and the Reform Process 128
11 The Reform Debate: What Are the Limits? 140
12 The Draft Law on Cooperatives: An Assessment 150
13 Ownership and Economic Reform 161
14 Inflation versus Reform 174
15 The Current State of Soviet Economic Reforms 188
16 Capitalism or Socialism? A Minor Semantic Problem in the Soviet Reforms 212
17 Prospects for Reform: Three Key Issues in 1990 225
18 Gorbachev's Revolution Really Does Start Here 233
19 Soviet Food Shortages: Chaos Rather Than Famine 237
Index 243
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