The Soviet Union: Empire, Nation, and System

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Transaction Publishers, 1990 - 471 oldal

Political change in the Soviet Union never seemed more likely than in the period of glasnost and perestroika. The Soviet Union: 1917-1991 examines some of the less well explored areas of Soviet political and economic life to develop a feasible set of alternatives for future Soviet development and to establish which ones the system is predisposed to select.

Katsenelinboigen takes on these difficult questions. Is it wise to develop glasnost in ways that allow masses to participate in the solution of strategic national problems? Can Soviet military expenses be reduced only to direct ones or is the whole Soviet economy military oriented? What explains widespread corruption among Soviet officials? Can market institutions be introduced into the Soviet economy, and if so, how is this best accomplished? Rather than focusing on a single dimension, such as authoritarianism versus democracy, his analysis incorporates multidimensional perspectives (among them, pluralism, division of powers and openness participation of competent and responsible people in decision making) which permit a more precise understanding of the limits of present options and allow him to develop new policy prospects.

Although this book is about the Soviet Union, the approaches Katsenelinboigen uses have application in other contexts. His discussion of inflation for example and why it is found in planned as well as market economies has important implications for many developing countries. It will be of interest to those who seek a new perspective on events in the Soviet Union, as well as specialists in international relations, political science, and economics.

 

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Systemic Causes of the Present Crisis
5
A Multidimensional Approach to the Soviet Political System
29
Who Is Gorbachev?
65
Expansion of the Soviet Empire
93
The Military Imperial Orientation of Soviet Society
111
The Structure of the Second Imperial Circle and How It Might
127
Russophilism
149
Some Notes on Soviet AntiSemitism
169
Inflation in the Soviet Union
255
Corruption in the Soviet Union
269
Multicolored Markets in the Soviet Economy
291
The Anatomy and Physiology of Soviet Economics
331
The Development of Mathematical Economics in the Soviet
361
Jews in Soviet Economics
391
Or Aron Katsenelinboigen is
425
Conclusion
449

The Solzhenitsyn Phenomenon
207
General Observations on Soviet Economic Mechanisms
223

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