Full text: Expansion, Stagnation und Demokratie - 1982 Heft 2 (2)

approach to economic reform might gain ground, and this in turn could
affect economic Performance - if not in the first half, then perhaps in the
second half of the decade. Needless to say, the East European power
elites might not go along with this way of thinking, let alone acting ...
This note on the economic history of communist Eastern Europe over
a quarter of a Century* ought not to be read as a simple prediction of
doom. With luck, the East European economies may muddle through
the decade of the "Eighties" without another major breakdown, and
some of them may even do better than planned by an odd percentage.
What they are, however, unable to do in their existing shape - is to
present their own people and the world at large with an attractive
prospect for the future, and the more so to gain credibility for the worn
out millenial promise of communism.
* Postscript to "Economic History of Communist Eastern Europe", to be published in
1983.
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