The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 2

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 2

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 2

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 2

Synopsis

Volume 2 of this series is devoted to the exploration of the Soviet economy and society with a view to establishing what alternative social and economic structures may emerge to replace the existing ones. In this context the mental challenges as well as elite-conflicts, social deviations and dissent, and a number of other issues are discussed. Also considered is the Soviet system’s overall viability.

The chapters are grouped under parts entitled, “The Present State and Future Prospects for the Soviet Economy”, “Demographic and Environmental Problems”, “The Soviet Ruling Elite, the Counterelites, and Other Social Strata”, “Deviation and Dissent”, and “Soviet Law and Political Change”. The book opens with a helpful introduction by Shtromas and Kaplan, notes on contributors, and an index.

Excerpt

The authors of this volume have undertaken a systematic and comprehensive study of the Soviet economy and society in order to establish the USSR’s capability of coping with its critical socioeconomic problems, to identify changes necessary for a successful solution of these problems, and to assess the Soviet system’s overall viability.

The volume is divided into five main parts: An extensive Part I, devoted to the economy, is followed by a shorter Part ii, dealing with demographic and environmental problems. Together these two parts form a selfcontained in-depth analytical treatment of the objective conditions in the Soviet Union which is sufficiently comprehensive to be used as a textbook on the USSR’s economics, demography, and ecology.

Part III—which examines the position and orientation of various Soviet social strata, and Part iv, which explores deviance and dissent in the USSR—constitute a systematic analysis of Soviet social statics and dynamics. the two contributions in Part V, on Soviet civil and criminal law examine Soviet law in terms of its normative functionality during and in the aftermath of political change in the ussr.

The volume’s first part, “The Present State and Future Prospects for the Soviet Economy,” centers around two main topics: prospects for economic growth, and the capability of Soviet economic reform to bring about an economic recovery in the ussr. All authors of Part I are unanimous in their gloomy assessments of the prospects for Soviet economic growth under the present circumstances. the consensus on this issue is perhaps best expressed by Dr. Vladimir Kontorovich, who in the chapter, “The . . .

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