miklóssy, katalin

Interactive Socialism: Competition and Entrepreneurial Behaviour

The paper aims to discuss the need for a new conceptual framework concerning the role of intermediary actors (managers of enterprises) as accelerators of innovations and institutional change in state socialism. Intermediary actors are seen as genuinely interactive players with a capacity to channel dialogue-type of relation bottom-up and top-down between the power-holders and the people. The focus is on a type of interaction that was launched by political decision-makers, with the aim of consumerism that was accelerated by competition. Competition was essentially a) a means of generating new space for innovative actions; b) an instrument of learning and spreading new practices and c) a medium to produce consumption and hence increase the sense of welfare. Market behaviour, entrepreneurialism and new ideas spread through co-operation. To secure this advantageous interactive mechanism, the motor of consumption, the actors continuously modified the boundaries of the institutional framework.

Thursday 25 October 17:00-18:30 Panels VI, Panel 15 Competition in Socialism - Theoretical Approaches (Hall 7)