Interview with Alec Nove: Reforming the Soviet Economy

Interview with Alec Nove: Reforming the Soviet Economy

The following interview with Alec Nove, the distinguished economist and author of The Economics of Feasible Socialism, was conducted by Dissent editor Irving Howe in late October 1990.—Eds.

IH: It seems likely that there will be many changes and modifications of the economic reform plan introduced by Gorbachev in the Supreme Soviet. Meanwhile, could you give us an overview of what this entails, what is being proposed, and what seems likely to happen in the next few years? Do you think this plan has any prospect of success? What would a reasonable measure of success be in the difficult circumstances of the Soviet economy?

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