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An “Economic Miracle” in the Soviet Union is Still Possible!

Anghel N. Rugina (Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 April 1991

Abstract

The failings of the new experiment launched in the Soviet Union between 1985‐1990 under the formula of glasnost and perestroika, are outlined and explained. As an alternative, one which if successful may lead to an “economic miracle” even greater than that of the recovery of Germany and Japan after the Second World War, a programme for recovery and stabilisation of the Soviet economy and finances is formulated. There is a need for critical evaluation of both capitalism and socialism to correct their weaknesses by introducing a new social economic order – “liberal socialism”, if you use the terminology in the East; “social liberalism” in the West. This can be achieved only if certain conditions are met (conditions of equilibrium: monetary, banking, organised markets, and competition). Wide‐ranging reforms are advocated, including the passing of a Law of Social and Economic Justice in the privatisation of industry, artisanship and commerce; reforms of organised securities, commodities and foreign exchange markets; the establishment of the Federal Central Bank of the Soviet Union; agrarian reforms; and new legislation in communications, public administration and international balance of payments. The ultimate goal of the plan is the realisation of a social economy of free, just and stable markets.

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Rugina, A.N. (1991), "An “Economic Miracle” in the Soviet Union is Still Possible!", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 37-69. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000000468

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