Inside the East European Planned Economy: State Planning, Factory and Manager, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Inside the East European Planned Economy

State Planning, Factory and Manager, 1st Edition

By Voicu Ion Sucala


186 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book puts forward a new perspective on the planned economies of communist Eastern Europe, demonstrating in detail how economic practice in such countries was shaped by the interplay among planners, managers and Party apparatchiks. Based on extensive original research, including interviews with former employees of industrial enterprises, the book argues that shortages, chronic over-capacities and erroneous planning decisions were present from the very beginning, rather than the consequences of later plan mistakes. They were the natural outcome of a profound conflict between leaders’ attempt to adapt the basic laws of economics to their ideology and interests, and the requirements for rational bureaucracy of an increasingly sophisticated economy. The book discusses the evolution of and debates about the planned economy, considers the practice of plan development and implementation, and provides very detailed examples of how the planned economy actually worked at the level of the factory, at the point where plans and managers interacted with workers and production.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, 2. Organisation, power and politics in the communist regime, 3. Romanian industrialisation: legal frame, characteristics and social consequences, 4. Methodology, 5. Plan and enterprise in communist Romania, 6. The human side of the communist enterprise 7. Conclusions

About the Author

Voicu Ion Sucala is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management at the University of Exeter.

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies