The Second Economy in Marxist States

  • Maria Łoś

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Maria Łoś
    Pages 1-10
  3. Louise I. Shelley
    Pages 11-26
  4. Istvan Kemeny
    Pages 50-68
  5. Horst Brezinski, Paul Petersen
    Pages 69-84
  6. Raymond J. Michalowski, Marjorie S. Zatz
    Pages 101-121
  7. Daniel dos Santos
    Pages 157-174
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 231-240

About this book


This book analyses and compares the unofficial economies and their control in ten marxist states: the USSR, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Cuba, Nicaragua, China, Angola and Tanzania. It provides a vivid, mosaic-like panorama of the hidden economies in these countries. The book breaks with the view that the unofficial economy is simply a by-product of the official economy. It shows an unfolding interplay between these two economies, which moulds and limits both the dynamics and the direction of the process of change. In her final essay, Maria Los develops a theoretical model linking second economies with the process of marxist economic development. The key stages of this process are identified as: (1) The stage of radical transformation; (2) The monopolisation period; (3) The reformist phase; and (4) Post- reformist decadence. The volume throws a new light on the prospects and problems of the reformist movements which have swept the Soviet Union, China and several other marxist states in the 1980s.


China development dynamics economic development economy Hungary Marx science and technology socialism transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Łoś
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of OttawaCanada

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