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Was Communism Doomed?

Human Nature, Psychology and the Communist Economy

Authors: Kemp, Simon

  • Combines theories of economics, politics and psychology to form an interdisciplinary and global overview of the topic
  • Provides readers with a global overview of the Communist economic systemActs as a timely addition to Marxist revival literature
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This book explores whether the ideology of communism was doomed to failure due to psychological rather than structural flaws. Does communism fail because there is not enough individual incentive and does it discourage psychological ownership? If so, does it produce learned helplessness and therefore empower evil? This book considers such questions, both with respect to how communism actually functioned and how it could have functioned using examples from Eastern Europe and the USSR itself during the 20th century. It reviews both the ideology of communism and its history, as well as the basic but difficult question of how one might decide whether an economic system can be defined as successful or not. 

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Simon Kemp is Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, with long-standing interests in economic psychology and the history of psychology. His previous books include Public Goods and Private Wants: A Psychological Approach to Government Spending and Medieval Psychology. He has also been editor of the Journal of Economic Psychology

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Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32780-8
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Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32779-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Was Communism Doomed?
Book Subtitle
Human Nature, Psychology and the Communist Economy
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32780-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32780-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32779-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 277
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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