Workers’ Councils in the Prague Spring of 1968



The Czechoslovak economic reform began about three years before the Prague Spring of 1968. The initial steps were in their impact on the decision-making institutions guided by technocratic considerations. In 1966 and 1967 a large proportion of the centrally fixed planning targets (production targets, manpower, investments) were suspended and greater powers of decision were granted to individual enterprises; the orders of the planning bureaucracy were replaced by economic policy instruments and indicative targets emanating from the centre; there was a change of direction from the fetishism of quantity to efficiency criteria; but in spite of all these improvements, the majority of workers were still excluded from the economic decision-making process.


Trade Union Economic Reform Communist Party Worker Council Socialist Society 
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