This 1989 collection of ten essays, originally published in 1989, by leading scholars of the time from five countries brings together some of the most important economic contributions to the Third World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies. First published at a time when the eastern bloc in general was confronting major economic problems, the essays in this volume combine both topicality and detailed scholarly analysis, addressing such significant topics as energy conservation, regional development and technological innovation. Although written primarily from an economic standpoint, both the approach and language used should be accessible to scholars in the related fields of politics and development studies, for whom the questions raised in this volume are likewise of great importance.
Foreword; Introduction: the challenges of the 1980s John P. Hardt and Carl H. McMillan; Part I. New Conditions of Economic Management: 1. The Soviet investment process and capital-labor substitution Vladimir Kontorovich; 2. Self-financing in Soviet industry Alice C. Gorlin; 3. Information, computers and Soviet economic management Martin Cave; Part II. Structural Changes in the natural Resource Sector: 4. Energy imports and conservation in the GDR: measures, results and problems Jochen Bethkenhagen; 5. The Soviet petroleum refining industry need for restructuring Matthew J. Sagers and Albina Tretyakova; 6. The implications of Soviet natural resources in the world economy: retrospective and prosepect Robert G. Jensen; Part III. Problems of National and International Integration: 7. Interregional economic integration: the Yugoslav case Toussaint Hocevar; 8. Eastern Europe's trade problems: between the USSR and the West Friedrich Levcik and Jan Stankovsky; 9. More joint enterprises within the CMEA Harriet Matejka; Index.