Accession Number : AD0411643

Title :   SOVIET BLOC ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: SOME SUGGESTED EXPLANATIONS FOR SLOW PROGRESS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Neuberger,Egon

Report Date : JUL 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : This Memorandum represents an attempt to explain the relatively slow progress in economic integration in the Soviet Bloc. Some of the major factors impeding successful economic integration in the Soviet Blos are: (1) the attempt by each Eastern European country to protect its national sovereignty, (2) the existence of strong vested interests in each country in the form of nationalized industries, (3) the need to take positive actions in planned economies in order to achieve integration rather than relying merely on the removal of artificial barriers, (4) the very great differences in the levels of economic development of the various member countries, (5) the desire for autarky, (6) the ideological preference for heavy industry in each country, and (7) the absence of economic tools necessary for achieving a rational division of labor. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOCIAL SCIENCES, ECONOMICS), POLITICAL SCIENCE, INDUSTRIES, COMMUNISM, PRODUCTION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE