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Coordination Mechanisms

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/10.1093/0198287763.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Coordination Mechanisms

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A coordination mechanism is a subsystem of the social system that coordinates the activities of the persons or organizations within it. Wherever a relation subsists between two or more persons or organizations , their activities require coordination in some form. This chapter defines and discusses the five main types of coordination mechanisms and notes their relative roles in the classical socialist system. The five types are bureaucratic coordination (the system applied most widely under classical socialism), market coordination, self‐governing coordination, ethical coordination, and family coordination.

Keywords: bureaucracy; bureaucratic coordination; classical socialism; coordination mechanisms; ethical coordination; family coordination; self‐governing coordination

Chapter.  8342 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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