EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Secrecy and State Capacity: A Look Behind the Iron Curtain

Mark Harrison ()

No 269312, Economic Research Papers from University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper reviews two decades of research on the political economy of secrecy, based on the records of former Soviet state and party archives. Secrecy was an element of Soviet state capacity, particularly its capacity for decisiveness, free of the pressures and demands for accountability that might have arisen from a better informed citizenry. But secrecy was double-edged. Its uses also incurred substantial costs that weakened the capacity of the Soviet state to direct and decide. The paper details the costs of secrecy associated with “conspirative” government business processes, adverse selection of management personnel, everyday abuses of authority, and an uninformed leadership.

Keywords: Financial; Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis
Date: 2017-02-02
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/269312/files/twerp_1134_harrison.pdf (application/pdf)
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/269312/files/tw ... n.pdf?subformat=pdfa (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Secrecy and State Capacity: A Look Behind the Iron Curtain (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Secrecy and State Capacity: A Look Behind the Iron Curtain (2017) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:uwarer:269312

DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.269312

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Economic Research Papers from University of Warwick - Department of Economics
Bibliographic data for series maintained by AgEcon Search ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-12
Handle: RePEc:ags:uwarer:269312