The crisis in the centrally planned economies
At the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, there were increasing signs of crisis in the economies of the Eastern countries, resulting both from internal bottlenecks and difficulties and from the unexpectedly sharp repercussions of the world economic crisis. Economic expansion of the socialist bloc slowed considerably, to reach its lowest historical level, while a powerful inflationary trend was apparent in the classic “hidden” forms of lines, shortages, and forced savings and also in official price increases for products that had remained stable until then.
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