Share
Explore BrainMass

Reforms of Gorbechev and its effects on communist society

Mikhail Gorbachev started the economic reorganization in 1985 with a view to save the faltering Soviet economy. Gorbachev understood that the old command economy was not doing much good to the country and was not producing enough consumer goods. He wanted to introduce moderate and controlled reforms. With the introduction of Perestroika, he moved away from the traditional command economy, but not entirely to the market economy. Glasnost and Perestroika demonstrated the determination of Gorbachev to drift away from the Stalinist idea of collectivization and terror. The traditional communist hardliners found it difficult to adjust with the new reforms. They suspected that Gorbachev was compromising the communist ideals and principles. As a result, they refused to cooperate with the reforms leading to minor changes in the Soviet economy. The top brass of the factories did not comprehend the new economic polices of the government., hence they continued to tighten their control over the workers. Gorbachev also lacked the support of the common people. The new economic system and free market economy was foreign to them and they failed to adjust to the new policies of the government. When the workers were dismissed from the factories to reduce the cost, they staged open protest as glasnost gave them freedom of expression. Inspite of several flaws, it cannot be denied that the reforms of Gorbachev molded Russia into a capitalistic society.

Solution Preview

Mikhail Gorbachev started the economic reorganization in 1985 with a view to save the faltering Soviet economy. Gorbachev understood that the old command economy was not doing much good to the country and was not producing enough consumer goods. He wanted to introduce moderate and controlled reforms. With the introduction of Perestroika, he moved away from the ...

Solution Summary

This is a solution about the economic reorganization of Mikhail Gorbachev in Soviet Union and its impact on communist society.

$2.19