The Resource The politics of economic decline in East Germany, 1945-1989, Jeffrey Kopstein

The politics of economic decline in East Germany, 1945-1989, Jeffrey Kopstein

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The politics of economic decline in East Germany, 1945-1989
Title
The politics of economic decline in East Germany, 1945-1989
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Kopstein
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Jeffrey Kopstein offers the first comprehensive study of East German economic policy over the course of the state's forty-year history. Analyzing both the making of economic policy at the national level and the implementation of specific policies on the shop floor, he provides new and essential background to the revolution of 1989. In particular, he shows how decisions made at critical junctures in East Germany's history led to a pattern of economic decline and worker dissatisfaction that contributed to eventual political collapse
  • East Germany was generally considered to have the most successful economy in the Eastern Bloc, but Kopstein explores what prevented the country's leaders from responding effectively to pressing economic problems. He depicts a regime caught between the demands of a disaffected working class, an intractable bureaucracy, an intolerant but surprisingly weak Soviet patron state, and a harsh international economic climate. Rather than pushing for genuine economic change, the East German Communist Party retreated into what Kopstein calls a "campaign economy" in which an endless series of production campaigns was used to squeeze greater output from an inherently inefficient economic system
  • Drawing extensively on sources in recently opened East German archives, as well as on his interviews of key players, Kopstein argues that East Germany's leaders faced an impossible task in trying to adapt the Soviet system to their own country's needs. While the East German economy did outperform those of many of its Communist neighbors, it continued to lag behind that of West Germany - a critical failing in the eyes of East German workers, who had been given virtual veto power over wages, prices, and piece rates in order to secure their political support. Under these circumstances, concludes Kopstein, the lure of prosperity ultimately played a key role in the revolt of the East German people
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kopstein, Jeffrey
Dewey number
338.9431/00945
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC290.78
LC item number
.K66 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands
  • Germany (East)
  • Germany (East)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • Economic history
  • Economic policy
  • Germany (East)
  • Economische achteruitgang
  • Communisme
  • Economische politiek
  • Wirtschaftspolitik
  • Wirtschaft
  • Wirtschaftsentwicklung
  • Deutschland
  • Deutschland
Label
The politics of economic decline in East Germany, 1945-1989, Jeffrey Kopstein
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1593
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-238) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making Russians from Prussians: labor and the state, 1945-1961 -- Reform abandoned: the elusive search for socialist modernity, 1962-1970 -- Communism and capital markets -- Reds and experts: the retreat from technocracy -- The campaign economy -- The party in the factory: labor motivation in the twilight of communism -- Local politics: housing and consumer goods
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 246 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585031019
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other control number
ZBWT00776382
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42329714
  • (OCoLC)ocm42329714
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The politics of economic decline in East Germany, 1945-1989, Jeffrey Kopstein
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=1593
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-238) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making Russians from Prussians: labor and the state, 1945-1961 -- Reform abandoned: the elusive search for socialist modernity, 1962-1970 -- Communism and capital markets -- Reds and experts: the retreat from technocracy -- The campaign economy -- The party in the factory: labor motivation in the twilight of communism -- Local politics: housing and consumer goods
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 246 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585031019
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other control number
ZBWT00776382
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42329714
  • (OCoLC)ocm42329714
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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