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The Subject and Method

János Kornai

in The Socialist System

Published in print May 1992 | ISBN: 9780198287766
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596551 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198287763.003.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Subject and Method

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This chapter explains the coverage of the book, and outlines the methods used in the analysis of the socialist system. The purpose of the book is stated as a close study of the phenomena, causal relationships and regularities that are similar in China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Yugoslavia, and in general all countries where a Communist Party was, or still is, in power. Definitions are given of socialist countries, and of the terms socialism and political economy. The methods used – positive analysis of the socialist system in reality, as it has emerged historically, and modelling – are described.

Keywords: analytical methods; communism; methodology; modelling; political economy; positive analysis; socialism; socialist systems

Chapter.  5833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Systems

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