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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 Dynamics of the Changes

The Dynamics of the Changes

(p.383) 16 The Dynamics of the Changes
The Socialist System

János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter looks at the causes for the move away from the classical socialist system and discusses the dynamics of the process. The inducements for the change, which may differ in depth and radicalism, are rooted in the accumulated tensions and contradictions of the classical system: the first group of symptoms is an accumulation of economic difficulties, the second public dissatisfaction, the third loss of confidence by those in power, and the fourth outside example. The distinction is made between change based on reform and that based on revolution, and a chronology is presented of reforms and revolutions in different socialist countries in which they have occurred

Keywords:   change, classical socialism, reform, revolution, socialist systems, symptoms

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