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Author Kornai, János.

Title From socialism to capitalism : eight essays / János Kornai.

Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (1 volume)
polychrome rdacc
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- The coherence of the classical system -- Introduction -- The main line of causality -- The affinity among elements of the system -- The prototype and the national variations -- The Soviet effect -- Verification -- The viability of the classical system -- The inner contradictions of reform socialism -- Introduction -- Transformation without a strategy -- The evolution of a private sector -- The persistence of bureaucracy -- Alternative forms of social organization -- The weakness of "third forms" -- Normative implications -- Market socialism: socialist market economy? -- Introduction -- Interpretation of the term "market" -- Interpretation 1: Marx's concept -- Interpretation 2: The Walrasian concept -- Interpretation 3: The Leninist concept -- Interpretation 4: The social democratic concept -- Interpretation 5: What are the current Chinese and Vietnamese interpretations of "socialism"? -- The speed of transformation -- Introduction -- Ownership reform and development of the private sector -- Macroeconomic stability -- Conclusion -- The great transformation of Central Eastern Europe: success and disappointment -- Introduction -- In the context of world history -- From the perspective of everyday life -- The tasks of the economists' profession -- What does "change of system" mean? -- Introduction -- Positive versus normative approach -- A positive approach to the change of system -- A positive approach to changing the political structure -- The reception of capitalism and democracy: a normative approach -- "Replacing the elite" and "dispensing justice": a normative approach -- Concluding remarks -- Appendix: The transformation of China -- What can countries embarking on post-socialist transformation learn from the experiences so far? -- Introduction -- Starting points -- Some lessons -- Concluding remarks -- Appendix -- The system paradigm -- Introduction -- A system paradigm, not a transformational paradigm -- A brief intellectual history -- The main attributes of the system paradigm -- Post-socialist transformation: the great challenge -- Some other puzzles -- Failures of prediction -- Appendix: On segregation of the social science -- References -- Previous publications of the studies in this volume -- Name index -- Subject index.
Summary Eight essays connected by various common strands. The most important one is the community of the main subject-matter: socialism, capitalism, democracy, change of system. These four expressions cover four phenomena of great and comprehensive importance. Each piece in the book deals with these and the connections between them.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Capitalism.
Communism -- History.
Regime change.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781435648265