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


  • Belova, Eugienia
  • Gregory, Paul


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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