The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives / Edition 1

The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives / Edition 1

by Paul R. Gregory
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521533678

ISBN-13: 9780521533676

Pub. Date: 10/27/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Using formerly secret Soviet state and Communist Party archives to describe the Soviet administrative command system, this study concludes that the system failed not because of Stalin and later leaders, but because of the economic system. It pinpoints the reasons for failure such as poor planning, unreliable supplies, preferential treatment of indigenous

Overview

Using formerly secret Soviet state and Communist Party archives to describe the Soviet administrative command system, this study concludes that the system failed not because of Stalin and later leaders, but because of the economic system. It pinpoints the reasons for failure such as poor planning, unreliable supplies, preferential treatment of indigenous enterprises as well as the basic principal-agent conflict between planners and producers, which created a sixty-year reform stalemate. Although the command system was the most significant human experiment of the twentieth century, its basic contradictions and inherent flaws would re-surface if it were to be repeated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521533676
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. The jockey or the horse?; 2. Collectivization, accumulation, and power; 3. The principles of governance; 4. Investment, wages, and fairness; 5. Visions and control figures; 6. Planners versus producers; 7. Creating Soviet industry; 8. Operational planning; 9. Ruble control: money, prices, and budgets; 10. The destruction of the Soviet administrative command economy.

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