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The Future of the Soviet Economic Planning System
The Future of the Soviet Economic Planning System
By David D. Dyker
Sharpe, 1985, 172 pp
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A closely reasoned survey and assessment, with historical perspective going back to Stalin's first Five Year Plan, of the Soviet planning system, and a critique of the centralized command economy. Dyker is an economist writing for economists, but he takes full account of the political factors which contributed to the failure of the Kosygin reforms in the 1960s and which make unlikely the drastic changes that may be necessary if the economy is to grow and prosper. He has some interesting things to say on whether and how the Hungarian, Bulgarian and East German models might be followed by Moscow.