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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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Coordination Mechanisms

Coordination Mechanisms

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(p.91) 6 Coordination Mechanisms
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The Socialist System
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János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287763.003.0006

A coordination mechanism is a subsystem of the social system that coordinates the activities of the persons or organizations within it. Wherever a relation subsists between two or more persons or organizations , their activities require coordination in some form. This chapter defines and discusses the five main types of coordination mechanisms and notes their relative roles in the classical socialist system. The five types are bureaucratic coordination (the system applied most widely under classical socialism), market coordination, self‐governing coordination, ethical coordination, and family coordination.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, bureaucratic coordination, classical socialism, coordination mechanisms, ethical coordination, family coordination, self‐governing coordination

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