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Dictator, Loyal, and Opportunistic Agents: The Soviet Archives on Creating the Soviet Economic System

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  • Belova, Eugienia
  • Gregory, Paul

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Studies of the mature Soviet economy focus on the structural weaknesses of rent seeking and corruption. Such an economy is presumed to perform better in its adolescent phase under a strong stationary-bandit dictator, dedicated to growth and able to control rent-seekers. We use the recently opened Soviet state and party archives to show the process that began in the 1930s of transforming the inner circle of the Soviet stationary bandit into a rent-seeking bureaucracy lacking long-term goals. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Belova, Eugienia & Gregory, Paul, 2002. "Dictator, Loyal, and Opportunistic Agents: The Soviet Archives on Creating the Soviet Economic System," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 113(3-4), pages 265-286, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:113:y:2002:i:3-4:p:265-86
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    1. Mark Harrison & Inga Zaksauskienė, 2016. "Counter-intelligence in a command economy," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 69(1), pages 131-158, February.
    2. Harrison, Mark, 2010. "Forging Success: Soviet Managers and Accounting Fraud, 1943 to 1962," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 34, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
    3. Harrison, Mark, 2011. "Forging success: Soviet managers and accounting fraud, 1943-1962," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 43-64, March.
    4. Andrei Markevich, 2007. "The Dictator’s Dilemma: to Punish or to Assist? Plan Failures and Interventions under Stalin," Working Papers w0107, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).

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