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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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(p.33) 3 Power
The Socialist System

János Kornai (Contributor Webpage)

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An account is given of the institutions of power in socialist systems and the way that they work. It starts with the party, and then goes on to the state, and the organizations and associations (mass organizations) in society, which, with few exceptions, are characterized by having an organizational monopoly (i.e. there is one of each per field). Further sections discuss the cohesive forces and internal conflicts in the system, and its repressive totalitarian nature.

Keywords:   cohesion, institutions, internal conflict, power, repression, socialist systems, structure, totalitarianism

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