The Political Economy of Stalinism

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The Political Economy of Stalinism

By Paul R. Gregory

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This book uses the formerly secret Soviet state and Communist Party archives to describe the creation and operations of the Soviet administrative command system. It concludes that the system failed not because of the 'jockey'(i.e. Stalin and later leaders) but because of the 'horse' (the economic system). Although Stalin was the system's prime architect, the system was managed by thousands of 'Stalins' in a nested dictatorship. The core values of the Bolshevik Party dictated the choice of the administrative command system, and the system dictated the political victory of a Stalin-like figure. 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, etc. - but also focuses on the basic principal-agent conflict between planners and producers, which created a sixty-year reform stalemate.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> Public Policy

The Political Economy of Stalinism
Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 10/27/03
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511056249
ISBN 13: 9780511056246
Print ISBN: 9780521826280

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