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Agricultural Reform in the Soviet Union: Obstacles to Effective Reform at Local Levels

Jim Butterfield
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 25, No. 2 (Jan. 13, 1990), pp. 113-117
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4395808
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Abstract

The obstacles to reform of Soviet agriculture have nothing to do with ideological disagreements over the direction of policy. The character of certain systemic factors which serve as obstacles are particularly acute at local levels. The degree of success at local levels will dictate (or at least significantly influence) whether many of the current Soviet reforms will succeed or fail. Some of the obstacles are difficulties of establishing and maintaining authoritative integrity, the persistence of a counter-productive organisational culture, levels of education and professionalisation of managers and local officials, and the complexity of intra-agency change.

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