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The Political Economy of Stalinism


  • 22 b/w illus. 29 tables
  • Page extent: 322 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.6 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 330.947/084
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HC335.3 .G74 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Soviet Union--Economic conditions--Sources
    • Soviet Union--Politics and government--Sources
    • Bureaucracy--Soviet Union--History--Sources

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521826280 | ISBN-10: 0521826284)

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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.


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.

Prize Winner

AAASS: Ed A. Hewett Book Prize (9/04)


" 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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