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Soviet industry and the red army under stalin : a military-industrial complex?

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  • Mark Harrison

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The paper considers some of the views of the Stalin–era relationship between Soviet industry and the Red Army that are current in the literature, and disentangles some confusions of translation. The economic weight of the defence sector in the economic system is summarized in various aspects. The lessons of recent archival research are used as a basis for analyzing the army–industry relationship under Stalin as a prisoners’ dilemma in which, despite the potential gains from mutual cooperation, each party faced a strong incentive to cheat on the other. It is concluded that the idea of a Soviet military–industrial complex is not strictly applicable to the Stalin period, but there may be greater justification for the Soviet Union after Stalin.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 609.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:609

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  1. Harrison, Mark & Markevich, Andrei, 2007. "Quantity Versus Quality in the Soviet Market for Weapons," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 822, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  2. Ran Abramitzky & Isabelle Sin, 2014. "Book Translations as Idea Flows: The Effects of the Collapse of Communism on the Diffusion of Knowledge," NBER Working Papers 20023, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Ran Abramitzky & Isabelle Sin, 2010. "Book Translations As Idea Flows: The Effects of the Collapse of Communism on the Diffusion of Knowledge," Discussion Papers 09-032, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

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