In This Review

The Yugoslav Economy Under Self-Management
The Yugoslav Economy Under Self-Management
By Ljobo Sirc
St. Martin's, 1979, 270 pp.
Workers' Control Under Plan and Market: Implications of Yugoslav Self-Management
Workers' Control Under Plan and Market: Implications of Yugoslav Self-Management
By Ellen Turkish Comisso
Yale University Press, 1979, 320 pp.

These two books investigate the reality of "socialist self-management" underlying the spate of official and unofficial rhetoric, much of it from enthusiastic outsiders. Sirc, an economist of Yugoslav origin now in Britain, reviews the entire history of the Yugoslav economy since 1945, using official material to illustrate his conclusion that the system has failed by any test of elementary economics or common sense. Ellen Comisso, an American political scientist, begins with general theory (Gramsci and Proudhon), relates it to the Yugoslav experience, and ends with an interesting case study of a single enterprise. Neither book lends support to the idea that the rest of the world has much to learn from the Yugoslav experiment.