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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 Coherence of the Classical System

The Coherence of the Classical System

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The Socialist System

János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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This last chapter on the classical socialist system identifies the main connections among the regularities in its constituent elements. First, the main lines of causality between the different phenomena of the system (undivided power, dominance of the state, bureaucracy, plan bargaining, and forced growth and shortage) are discussed, and the affinity among these main elements of the system is addressed. The socialist prototype and its national variations are described, and the possible importance of the Soviet effect in the development of the structure and main attributes of the classical socialist system is discussed. The last part of the chapter proffers the theory that the socialist system is not capable of a renewal (reform) that could free it from its dysfunctional features while retaining the sole rule of the communist party, and briefly addresses the viability of the classical system in terms of timescales.

Keywords:   classical socialism, development, reform, socialist systems, structure, viability

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