Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Book — xi, 308 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1. The jockey or the horse?--
2. Collectivization, accumulation, and power--
3. The principles of governance--
4. Investment, wages, and fairness--
5. Visions and control figures--
6. Planners versus producers--
7. Creating Soviet industry--
8. Operational planning--
9. Ruble control: money, prices, and budgets--
10. The destruction of the Soviet administrative command economy.
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This book uses the formerly secret Soviet state and Communist Party archives to describe the creation and operations of the Soviet administrative command system. It concludes that the system failed not because of the 'jockey'(i.e. Stalin and later leaders) but because of the 'horse' (the economic system). Although Stalin was the system's prime architect, the system was managed by thousands of 'Stalins' in a nested dictatorship. The core values of the Bolshevik Party dictated the choice of the administrative command system, and the system dictated the political victory of a Stalin-like figure. This study pinpoints the reasons for the failure of the system - poor planning, unreliable supplies, the preferential treatment of indigenous enterprises, the lack of knowledge of planners, etc. - but also focuses on the basic principal-agent conflict between planners and producers, which created a sixty-year reform stalemate. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2002.
Book — 817 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Prologue: Future corpses
1. The battlefield of famine : Russia's crisis and America's response
2. Love and death on the Volga : dramas and distractions at the famine front
3. Say it ain't so, comrade : American adventures in the communist utopia
4. Masters of efficiency : youthful America confronts eternal Russia
Epilogue: Since then
Appendix: Riga agreement.
When famine struck Bolshevik Russia in 1921, the US responded with a two-year relief mission that battled starvation and disease, and saved millions of lives. The tale told here is largely derived from the diaries, memoirs and letters of the American participants. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Although the West promised billions of dollars in aid when the communist East Bloc collapsed, reforms financed by Western taxpayers did little to help the nations of the region reconstruct themselves as free-market states. This work explains where the Western dollars went, why Western nations did s. (source: Nielsen Book Data)