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The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives (Hardback)
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The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives (Hardback)

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Hardback 322 Pages / Published: 27/10/2003
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521826280
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 237 x 158 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... Gregory has blazed an exciting trail. All students of Soviet economic history will benefit from reading this book.' Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester
'This is an important book as it presents the first systematic account of the Soviet economic system using these unpublished sources, drawing together the new research by Gregory and others, in a form that is easily accessible to the wider academic community and students. It presents its material in a clear and concise manner that both deepens and broadens our knowledge. It does so by relating the new archive material to the debates that have dominated the Soviet literature for many decades, with Gregory providing a refreshing insight of his own to many of those debates.' The Slavonic and East European Review
"...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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