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Satellites and Commissars: Strategy and Conflict in the Politics of Soviet-Bloc Trade (Princeton Studies in International History and Politics)

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Why did the Soviet Union squander the political leverage afforded by its trade subsidy to Eastern Europe? Why did Soviet officials fail to bargain with resolve, to link subsidies to salient political issues, to make credible commitments, and to monitor the satellites' policies? Using an unprecedented array of formerly secret documents housed in archives in Moscow, Warsaw, and Prague, as well as interviews with former Communist officials across Eastern Europe, Randall Stone answers these questions and others that have long vexed Western political scientists.

Stone argues that trade politics revolved around the incentives created by distorted prices. The East European satellites profited by trading on the margin between prices on the Western market and those in the Soviet bloc. The Soviet Union made numerous attempts to reduce its implicit trade subsidy and increase the efficiency of the bloc, but the satellites managed consistently to outmaneuver Soviet negotiators. Stone demonstrates how the East Europeans artfully resisted Soviet objectives.

Stone draws upon recent developments in bargaining and principal-agent theory, arguing that the incentives created by domestic institutions weakened Soviet bargaining strategies. In effect, he suggests, perverse incentive structures in the Soviet economy were exported into Soviet foreign policy. Furthermore, Stone argues, incentives to smother information were so deeply entrenched that they frustrated numerous attempts to reform Soviet institutions.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-275) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1A Principal-Agent Theory of Soviet Bargaining Failure3
Ch. 2The History of Subsidized Trade27
Ch. 3The Politics of Bilateral Trade Negotiations49
Ch. 4The Costs of Empire?72
Ch. 5Three Case Studies of Politics and Trade89
Ch. 6The Comprehensive Program115
Ch. 7The Long-Term Target Programs148
Ch. 8The Comprehensive Program for Scientific and Technical Progress171
Ch. 9Perestroika and the Unified Socialist Market204
Ch. 10Conclusions and Reflections238
Appendix: List of Interviews251
Selected Bibliography261
Index277

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691044149
Subtitle:
Strategy and Conflict in the Politics of Soviet-Bloc Trade
Author:
Stone, Randall W.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Foreign relations Soviet Union.
Subject:
Trade adjustment assistance.
Subject:
International - Economics
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Foreign relations.
Subject:
Trade adjustment assistance -- Soviet Union.
Subject:
Economics - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Hardcover
Series Volume:
J
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 tables
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 22 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » General

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