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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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Planning and Direct Bureaucratic Control

Planning and Direct Bureaucratic Control

(p.110) 7 Planning and Direct Bureaucratic Control
The Socialist System

János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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A comprehensive analysis is made of planning under the socialist system. This starts with an account of the elaboration of the national economic plan; there are various plans of various lengths, and this discussion focuses on the annual plan, which is the real operational tool in running the economy. The next section of the chapter discusses plan implementation. Both these sections describe the processes according to the official regulations. The remaining sections of the chapter discuss the ‘actual rules of the game’, together with the interests, motives, and conflicts of the participants, and the problem of the vast amount of information required for the planning process.

Keywords:   annual plans, bureaucracy, bureaucratic control, information, plan implementation, planning, regulations, socialism, socialist systems

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