WiP: “Plan and Market in the Soviet Economy”

CRRC and ARISC are pleased to announce the 11th talk of the Spring 2024 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

“Plan and Market in the Soviet Economy”

Elena Osokina, University of South Carolina

The essence of the Soviet economy is one of the central issues in contemporary historiography. Even if scholars do not address this problem directly, they still engage in the debates by using certain terminology to define the Soviet economy. The new scholarship on market activities in the Soviet economy questions its definition as “planned” or “non-market” and challenges the traditional and often stereotypical bipolar vision cemented during the Cold War, in which the Soviet and Western economies existed as antipodes: that capitalism inherently meant market, and that socialism was ts negation.

Elena A. Osokina is Professor of Russian History at the University of South Carolina. She has authored 5 books published in Russian, English, Italian and Chinese, and numerous articles published in the major journals in Russia, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland, and Italy. More specifically her research focuses on the impact that the Soviet industrialization of the 1930s had on everyday life, social hierarchy, transformation of the economy, and the nature of Stalinism. She is the recipient of book prizes and the prestigious fellowships from Canada, France, Germany, USA, and Finland.

Works-in-Progress is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at Chavchavadze Ave. 5 and online. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

In observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule, the talks will not be recorded, and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing recordings as well. The opinions expressed in WiP talks are those of the speakers alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of CRRC or ARISC.