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The Socialist SystemThe Political Economy of Communism$
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Janos Kornai

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287763.001.0001

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The Subject and Method

The Subject and Method

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(p.3) 1 The Subject and Method
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The Socialist System
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János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287763.003.0001

This chapter explains the coverage of the book, and outlines the methods used in the analysis of the socialist system. The purpose of the book is stated as a close study of the phenomena, causal relationships and regularities that are similar in China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Yugoslavia, and in general all countries where a Communist Party was, or still is, in power. Definitions are given of socialist countries, and of the terms socialism and political economy. The methods used – positive analysis of the socialist system in reality, as it has emerged historically, and modelling – are described.

Keywords:   analytical methods, communism, methodology, modelling, political economy, positive analysis, socialism, socialist systems

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