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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.Read more
- Definitive study based on formerly secret Soviet and Communist Party archives on Stalin's regime
- Accessible narrative explains system was doomed from the start whoever would have been the dictator
- Author internationally known for his work on Russia
- Winner of the 2004 Hewitt Prize of the AAASS (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies)
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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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- Date Published: October 2003
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521826280
- length: 322 pages
- dimensions: 237 x 158 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.6kg
- contains: 22 b/w illus. 29 tables
- availability: Available
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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