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

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Overview

This book describes how and why the Soviet administrative command system operated and failed. 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. This book describes how and why the Soviet administrative command system operated and failed. This book uses the formerly secret Soviet state and Communist Party archives to describe the creation and operations of the Soviet administrative command system. This study pinpoints the reasons for the failure of the system - poor planning, unreliable supplies and the preferential treatment of indigenous enterprises. This book uses the formerly secret Soviet state and Communist Party archives to describe the creation and operations of the Soviet administrative command system. This study pinpoints the reasons for the failure of the system - poor planning, unreliable supplies, the preferential treatment of indigenous enterprises, the lack of knowledge of planners, but also focuses on the basic principal-agent conflict between planners and producers, which created a sixty-year reform stalemate. 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, un

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"...an incisive account of the insurmountable contradictions of the Stalinist economic system....Professional economists and political scientists, especially those trained in North America, will find this book informative and satisfying as it stands....chapters are richly textured and brilliantly illustrated with salient quotations from the archives..."
—Donald Filtzer, University of East London, United Kingdom, Slavic and East European Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521533676
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Preface
1 The Jockey or the Horse? 1
2 Collectivization, Accumulation, and Power 22
3 The Principles of Governance 49
4 Investment, Wages, and Fairness 76
5 Visions and Control Figures 110
6 Planners Versus Producers 126
7 Creating Soviet Industry 153
8 Operational Planning 183
9 Ruble Control: Money, Prices, and Budgets 213
10 The Destruction of the Soviet Administrative-Command Economy 243
11 Conclusions 268
App. A Archival Sources 273
App. B The Structure of the State 275
Bibliography 289
Index 301
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