The “Perfection” Of 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

 The “Perfection” Of Control

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The ‘perfection’ of control described in this chapter refers to the sorts of apparently genuine changes to the classical socialist system seen in official declarations, regulations, and campaigns that, in fact, result in no alterations to the basic features of the system. These pseudoreforms are initiated by people who have realized that there is something wrong, but are still convinced that the system is basically right and would operate better if ‘perfected’. The ‘perfection’ tendency results in reorganization, and this is shown to have occurred at upper and lower levels during the course of disintegration of socialist systems. Another factor in the perfection tendency is the transformation of planning and direct control. Eventually, it is realized that no amount of reorganization or transformation of planning and control will improve the situation.

Keywords: classical socialism; perfection of control; planning; reform; reorganization; socialist systems

Chapter.  4942 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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