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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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(p.49) 4 Ideology
The Socialist System

János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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Aspects are discussed of the ideology of socialist systems, and of the ideas, beliefs, promises, values, and moral imperatives that contribute to the formation, stabilization, and maintenance of the classical socialist system. The various parts of the chapter cover: the official ideology; the socialist system's sense of superiority; the basic promises; self‐legitimization and the paternalistic nature of power; discipline, willing sacrifice, vigilance; and power and ideology.

Keywords:   beliefs, classical socialism, ideology, moral imperatives, power, socialist systems, values

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