The Political Economy of Collectivized Agriculture - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080238807, 9781483149790

The Political Economy of Collectivized Agriculture

1st Edition

A Comparative Study of Communist and Non-Communist Systems

Editors: Ronald A. Francisco Betty A. Laird Roy D. Laird
eBook ISBN: 9781483149790
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 264
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The Political Economy of Collectivized Agriculture/A Comparative Study of Communist and Non-Communist Systems assesses the political and economic impact of collectivization by surveying the experience of several nations with different forms of collective or state farming. Focusing primarily on the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) nations, this book addresses a number of questions, such as whether collectivized agriculture is more or less efficient than private agriculture; whether the manner in which collectivization is implemented affects its success; and whether there are social and political motivations that override economic considerations. This monograph is comprised of nine chapters and opens with a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of state agriculture in the USSR, followed by an analysis of collectivized agriculture in Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic, and Poland. The impact and politics of agricultural collectivization on productivity in China are then examined, paying particular attention to its advantages and drawbacks as well as the factors driving the growth of Chinese agriculture. The experience of Israel with collectivized agriculture is also considered, along with the impact of industrialization and modernization on the kibbutz and the problems associated with embourgeoisement. This text will be of interest to economists, political scientists, and policymakers concerned with agriculture.

Table of Contents



Part I The Leninist Model

Chapter 1 The Plusses and Minuses of State Agriculture in the USSR

Part II National Variations in the Soviet Model

Chapter 2 The Costly Experiment: Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture

Chapter 3 Agricultural Collection in the German Democratic Republic

Chapter 4 Kulakization of Polish Agriculture

Chapter 5 Modernization, Collectivization, Production, and Legitimacy: Agricultural Development in Rural Hungary

Chapter 6 The Politics of Agricultural Collectivization and Modernization in Czechoslovakia

Part III Alternative Models

Chapter 7 The Impact of Agricultural Collectivization on Productivity in China

Chapter 8 Collectivization, Modernization, and Embourgeoisement: The Contemporary Kibbutz

Part IV Conclusion

Chapter 9 Conclusion


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