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The Politics of Economic Modernization in the Soviet Union
The Politics of Economic Modernization in the Soviet Union
By Erik P. Hoffmann and Robbin F. Laird
Cornell University Press, 1982, 224 pp.

The Soviet economic system has changed considerably since Stalin's time under the impact of the scientific-technological revolution, but the changes have not been unilinear or without debate within the leadership and the bureaucracy. Using Soviet sources, the authors describe-oversimplifying, perhaps, but not thereby vitiating the validity of their points-the continuing controversy between the "modernizers," who favor increased involvement in the world economy, and the "conservatives," who stress military power and autarky within the Soviet bloc.