Organizational Alternatives in Soviet-Type Economies

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In this volume, which was originally published in 1979, an essay of analysis prefaces a collection of translated papers from Eastern Europe. The juxtaposition of analysis and original documents from Eastern European authorities (both revered there and disgraced) enables the reader to join in the experience of interpretation. The essay (Part I) provides an analysis of the mechanisms of Soviet-type economies. It concentrates on four issues: decision-making processes; the limits upon the choices made; practical ...

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Overview

In this volume, which was originally published in 1979, an essay of analysis prefaces a collection of translated papers from Eastern Europe. The juxtaposition of analysis and original documents from Eastern European authorities (both revered there and disgraced) enables the reader to join in the experience of interpretation. The essay (Part I) provides an analysis of the mechanisms of Soviet-type economies. It concentrates on four issues: decision-making processes; the limits upon the choices made; practical implementation of the choices; and the objectives implied by them. This ends with an explanation of the relatively scant application of economic principles to the operation of this type of economic system. Part II is a reader consisting of appropriately chosen original texts from Eastern European sources grouped into sections on administration, resource allocation, planning and incentives. The issues are examined in relation to the special conditions which brought them to a head.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521179966
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction; 1. The decision makers and the decision process; 2. Constraints and normative rules; 3. Choice of instruments and requirements on the processor; 4. Determinants of the objectives of control; 5. Critical appraisals of the variants, and further searches; Part II. Selected Essays; Section 1. Bureaucracy and the Economy: Introductory note; 1. Reversion to primitive democracy V. I. Lenin; 2. On workers' management in economic enterprises J. B. Tito; 3. Significance of workers' and social self-management J. B. Tito; Section 2. Interplay between Socialization, Resource Shifts and the Economy's Laws: Introductory note; 4. Remarks on economic questions J. V. Stalin; 5. The role and significance of the N. E. P. I. Nagy; 6. Some issues of political economy T. Nagy; 7. Some theoretical issues of economic planning P. Erdös; 8. On the subject of economics and economic laws E. Lipiński; Section 3. Scope and Methods of Planning: Introductory note; 9. National economic plans M. Bor; 10. A 'model' of the socialist economy E. Lipiński; 11. Theses concerning certain modifications of the economic model [Polish] Economic Council; 12. Controversy on the role of the central plan W. Brus; 13. The origins of the present contradictions in our economy and how to eliminate them F. Jánossy; Section IV. Interests, Incentives, Goals: Introductory note; 14. Sources and role of interests in socialist society G. Glezerman; 15. Problems of the identity of interests in socialist society A. Lantay; 16. Some fundamental problems of improving the system of management of the socialist economy B. Kimenda and C. Kožušník; 17. Plan and market in the socialist economy K. Kouba; Index.

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