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dc.contributor.authorGATEJEL, Luminita
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-28T12:16:33Z
dc.date.available2010-06-28T12:16:33Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.issn1830-7728
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/14197
dc.description.abstractThis paper gives a panoramic mapping of the infamous socialist ‘economy of shortages’ (Kornai) as it was lived and experienced by ordinary socialist citizens. It starts out by framing the general conditions under which private consumption took place in the Soviet Union, East Germany, and Romania in the last three decades of real existing socialism. Consumption issues were settled throughout the Eastern Block in the form of bargains between the state authorities and the population, in which political obedience was traded for material satisfaction. And cars were among the major assets to be distributed, especially as the amount produced could hardly cover the demand. The paper provides several examples of how the official politics of shortages dealt with this issue using politically motivated preferential distribution. In a step further, it elaborates on the inventiveness of the citizen in bending the rules of retail. These subterfuges in the shadow economy constantly challenged planned rationality and in the end wore out the ideology of official consumption.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI MWPen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2010/14en
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectState socialismen
dc.subjectRomaniaen
dc.subjectthe Soviet Unionen
dc.subjectEast Germanyen
dc.subjectautomobilesen
dc.subjectconsumptionen
dc.subjectdistributionen
dc.subjecteveryday lifeen
dc.subjectscarcityen
dc.titleA Good Buy – If You Can Get One. Purchasing cars under socialist conditionsen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
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