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Organizational Alternatives in Soviet-Type Economies

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V. I. Lenin, J. B. Tito, J. V. Stalin, I. Nagy, T. Nagy, P. Erdös, E. Lipiński, M. Bor, [Polish] Economic Council, W. Brus, F. Jánossy, G. Glezerman, A. Lantay, B. Kimenda, C. Kožušník, K. Kouba
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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521179966

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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 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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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521179966
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Nicolas Spulber

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    V. I. Lenin, J. B. Tito, J. V. Stalin, I. Nagy, T. Nagy, P. Erdös, E. Lipiński, M. Bor, [Polish] Economic Council, W. Brus, F. Jánossy, G. Glezerman, A. Lantay, B. Kimenda, C. Kožušník, K. Kouba

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