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The Soviet Economy (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Alec Nove


324 pages

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First published in 1961, The Soviet Economy is a well informed work which seeks to acquaint students with the structure and problems of the economy of the USSR. In a balanced and perceptive analysis, Alexander Nove describes the organisation of economic life and of the planning system, analysing the practical and theoretical problems within the institutional structure of the Soviet system, and introducing the student to Soviet economic ideas and concepts. The subject is then related to the growth of the Soviet economy and to the extent to which both the institutions and the problems reflect the historical peculiarities of the USSR. The author does not try to argue for or against the system or to provide answers but aims to stimulate the reader to enquire further into the more important questions raised by the strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet economy.


'The most balanced attempt yet in the English language to describe the Soviet economy as it is … sane and perceptive analysis.' - The Economist

'There has been nothing in English … to compare with this book for scholarship and honesty.' - Times Educational Supplement

'The pride and joy of this year's publishing on the Soviet Union.' - David Shapiro, Time and Tide

Table of Contents

Part I: Structure 1. Productive Enterprises 2. Administration, planning, policy decision 3. Public finance and credit 4. Wages and prices Part 2: Problems 5. The changing nature of problems 6. Micro-economic problems 7. Planning and investment 8. The pricing of factors of production 9. Trends towards reform Part 3: Concepts and ideas 10. Some basic concepts of Soviet Economics 11. Soviet economics and economic laws 12. Assessment

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Macroeconomics