First published in 1964, Was Stalin Really Necessary? is a thought-provoking work which deals with many aspects of the Soviet political economy, planning problems and statistics. It discusses the possible political consequences of the search for greater economic efficiency.
Table of Contents
Introduction I: Political Economy 1. Was Stalin really necessary? 2. The uses and abuses of Kremlinology 3. The politics of economic rationality II: Industrial Growth and Planning 4. The prospects of Soviet economic growth 5. The problem of 'success indicators' in Soviet industry 6. Soviet planning: Reforms in prospect 7. Principal problems of Soviet planning III: Agriculture 8. The peasants in Soviet literature since Stalin 9. Soviet agriculture marks time 10. Rural taxation in the USSR 11. Incentives for peasants and administrators IV: Labour, Welfare 12. A study of Soviet wages 13. Social welfare in the USSR V: Statistics 14. The purchasing power of the Soviet rouble 15. Occupational patterns in the USSR and Great Britain 16. Economic irrationality and irrational statistics VI: Ideology 17. Communism