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Consistency and Viability of the Gorbachev Reforms

In: Consistency and Viability of Socialist Economic Systems


  • John Marangos


When Mikhail S. Gorbachev rose to the position of the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) on March 11, 1985, he embarked on revolutionary changes. He was confronted with the task that had not been faced by any other leader of the Soviet Union, and that was to bring about fundamental change with consent. For the first time, a reform in the Soviet Union, initiated from above, created the necessary preconditions for individuals to participate in the process. It was recognition that initiation from above does not guarantee the success of the reform, as was the case with the Liberman–Kosygin reforms.

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  • John Marangos, 2013. "Consistency and Viability of the Gorbachev Reforms," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Consistency and Viability of Socialist Economic Systems, chapter 0, pages 107-142, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-1-137-32725-3_6
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137327253_6

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