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The Politics of Economic Stagnation in the Soviet Union: The Role of Local Party Organs in Economic Management: 88 (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, Series Number 88)

The Politics of Economic Stagnation in the Soviet Union: The Role of Local Party Organs in Economic Management: 88 (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, Series Number 88)

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Peter Rutland
Cambridge University Press, 11/12/1992
EAN 9780521392419, ISBN10: 0521392411

Hardcover, 320 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

In this 1992 book Professor Peter Rutland analyses the role played by regional and local organs of the Soviet Communist Party in economic management from 1970 to 1990. Using a range of political and economic journals, newspapers and academic publications, he examines interventions in the construction industry, energy, transport, consumer goods and agriculture. Rutland argues that party interventions hindered rather than assisted the search for efficiency in the Soviet economy, and repeated attempts to introduce more economically rational management methods failed to alter these traditional patterns of party intervention. He further demonstrates how as the Soviet economy matured and grew more complex over the last three decades, party interventions became increasingly out of tune with the needs of the economy. Yet even the calls for radical reform of the economy since 1985 were not accompanied by any decisive changes in this pattern of party intervention; this, argues Peter Rutland, casts serious doubts on the political feasibility of economic reform in a Soviet-type system.

List of tables
Preface
Glossary of Russian terms and abbreviations
Introduction
the party in the post-totalitarian system
1. The party and the economy
structures and principles
2. Party interventions in industry
3. Interventions in industry
case studies
4. The party as regional coordinator
5. Regional coordination
case studies
6. The party as fireman
party interventions in the transport and energy sectors
7. The role of the party in agriculture
8. Non-party control organs
9. The principles underlying the party's work with cadres
10. The obkom elite in the 1980s
11. Party and economy under Perestroika
Conclusion
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index.