Soviet Political Economy in Transition: From Lenin to Gorbachev


Situating Gorbachev and perestroika historically, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of Soviet political economy in the context of socialist theory and seven decades of its application in the Soviet Union. Dowlah challenges the belief that socialism is sternly committed to centralized economic and political structures, and claims that socialism contains several theories, some more decentralized or democratic, others more authoritarian. Taking into account the coup attempt of August 1991, the work examines Gorbachev's claim that perestroika embodies more socialism, not less, and evaluates perestroika as a strategy of transition to a new form of democratic socialism.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1992