Soviet scholars have apparently stayed clear of meaningful analysis of such touchy subjects as interdependence and conflict in the relationship between economics and politics. Very little has been published on this issue—no surprise in a system that controls centrally both politics and the economy, with an emphasis on rapid economic development. The absence of meaningful Soviet research led the Federal Institute for East European and International Studies in Cologne to sponsor an international interdisciplinary conference on the subject. Contributions to the resulting book cover three main areas. The first includes the impact of traditional Russian political culture on contemporary Soviet economic thinking and behavior, the rank of economic aims in the priority system of Soviet politics, and the function of economic institutions in the implementation of political aims. The second concerns the role of political lobbies in the economy and repercussions of economic change for Soviet politics. Foreign economic relations and the USSR's foreign policy make up the third area. The concluding discussion reviews the state of international research and identifies areas for future study.
Preface -- History, Political Culture, and Economics in the Soviet Union -- The Role of Economics in Soviet Political Ideology -- The Place of Economic Policy Objectives on the List of Soviet Political Priorities -- Economic Institutions as Instruments of Political Rule -- Economic Activities and the Intermediate and Lower Levels of Party Organisation -- Economic and Political Aspects of the Military-Industrial Complex in the USSR -- The Political and Social Implications of Economic Reform in the USSR -- The Political Economy of Soviet Nationalities and Regions -- Inflationary, Political, and Social Implications of the Current Economic Slowdown -- Political and Moral Aspects of the Two Economies -- Economic Relations as an Instrument of Soviet Hegemony Over Eastern Europe? -- Economic Reform and Soviet Foreign Policy -- Developing Countries in the Foreign Economic Relations and Foreign Policy of the USSR -- The Politics and Economics of Soviet Arms Exports