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The Socialist SystemThe Political Economy of Communism$
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Janos Kornai

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287763.001.0001

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Political Liberalization

Political Liberalization

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(p.409) 18 Political Liberalization
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The Socialist System
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János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287763.003.0018

This chapter discusses political liberalization as one of the real reforming tendencies of classical socialism. Aspects addressed are the monopoly of power, the easing of repression, constant and variable elements in the official ideology, the seeds of pluralism, opening towards the capitalist world, and change in the scale of publicity and candour. The limits to political reform are discussed.

Keywords:   candour, classical socialism, ideology, monopoly of power, pluralism, political liberalization, political reform, publicity, reform, repression, socialist systems

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