Accession Number : AD0658425

Title :   CONSUMPTION COOPERATION IN RURAL AREAS IN THE USSR: A COMMENT,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Nimitz,Nancy

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : In the years before collectivization, when consumer cooperatives served both urban and rural areas, their distinctive rural function was to accustom the peasant to joint enterprises, and thus prepare him for cooperative production. In 1935 (after collectivization was substantially accomplished) the state took over most urban trade, but retained cooperatives in the countryside because a separate distribution network made it easier to discriminate against the peasant consumer. Today, when discrimination is no longer sought, cooperatives persist because they are, potentially at least, more efficient (more autonomous, hence more able to respond to local needs) than the bureaucratic state system.

Descriptors :   (*RURAL AREAS, USSR), (*CONSUMPTION, *ECONOMICS), COMMERCE, POPULATION, COSTS, MONEY, URBAN AREAS, SOCIAL SCIENCES, DISTRIBUTION(ECONOMICS), FOOD

Subject Categories : Agricultural Economics
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE