Planning and Direct Bureaucratic Control

János Kornai

in The Socialist System

Published in print May 1992 | ISBN: 9780198287766
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596551 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Planning and Direct Bureaucratic Control

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A comprehensive analysis is made of planning under the socialist system. This starts with an account of the elaboration of the national economic plan; there are various plans of various lengths, and this discussion focuses on the annual plan, which is the real operational tool in running the economy. The next section of the chapter discusses plan implementation. Both these sections describe the processes according to the official regulations. The remaining sections of the chapter discuss the ‘actual rules of the game’, together with the interests, motives, and conflicts of the participants, and the problem of the vast amount of information required for the planning process.

Keywords: annual plans; bureaucracy; bureaucratic control; information; plan implementation; planning; regulations; socialism; socialist systems

Chapter.  9420 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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