Yugoslav Socialism: Theory and Practice

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Yugoslav Socialism: Theory and Practice

By Harold Lydall
Clarendon Press/Oxford, 1986
302 pp.

The Yugoslav experiment in self-managing socialism has attracted considerable attention among outsiders, who have generally tended to dispense praise and blame according to their own ideological predispositions. Harold Lydall, however, is not content with theories. The meat of his book, which is an excellent survey of the Yugoslav economy, is the careful, objective analysis of how it all works in practice. Much of the practice, he finds, exposes "workers' self-management" as a propaganda facade. The reform of the Stalinist system has brought more freedom, more scope for the market, and a continuing competition between the industrial managers and the party; it has not brought workers' control, and the one-party political monopoly remains.

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