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Intereconomics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 88–95 | Cite as

The private sector in the Soviet Union and China

  • Armin Bohnet
  • Günter Jaehne
Economic Systems

Abstract

The private sector in the fields of agriculture, wholesaling and retailing, craft trades and light industry, already well-developed in the People’s Republic of China and a number of Eastern European countries, is now to be given a more significant role in the Soviet Union. Moscow’s economic reformers believe this will contribute to an improved standard of living, as has been the case in China during the economic reform which has now been underway since 1978/79. It is therefore tempting to compare the concepts underlying the reforms and the course they have taken in the two socialist “super-powers”, the key question being whether the Russians will achieve similar successes with their reforms, once all the teething troubles are overcome, to those of the Chinese.

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Private Sector Private Enterprise Chinese Communist Party Private Business State Enterprise 
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    For a similar account, cf. Stanislaw Pomorski: Privatization of the Soviet Economy under Gorbachev I: Notes on the 1986 Law on Individual Enterprise, Berkeley-Duke Occasional Papers on the Second Economy in the USSR, No. 13, Durham, N.C., October 1988, p. 5.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armin Bohnet
    • 1
  • Günter Jaehne
    • 1
  1. 1.Justus-Liebig-UniversitätGießenWest Germany

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