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Kornai, János

Works: 274 works in 995 publications in 13 languages and 15,899 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: HC244, 338.9439
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by János Kornai
The road to a free economy : shifting from a socialist system : the example of Hungary by János Kornai( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The socialist system : the political economy of communism by János Kornai( Book )

45 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive account of the structure, conduct, and performance of the centrally planned economies of Eastern Europe, the USSR, Communist China and the Marxist LDCs, looking at 26 nations in all
Mathematical planning of structural decisions by János Kornai( Book )

50 editions published between 1967 and 1975 in 4 languages and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anti-equilibrium. On economic systems theory and the tasks of research by János Kornai( Book )

42 editions published between 1971 and 1991 in 8 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economics of shortage by János Kornai( Book )

41 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growth, shortage, and efficiency : a macrodynamic model of the socialist economy by János Kornai( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu zai wei guan fen xi de ji chu shang jian li le she hui zhu yi jing ji de hong guan dong tai mo xing.Ju ti she ji mo xing de zhu yao te xing,Mo xing de mou xie yi ban xing zhi,Yi ji bian liang he fang cheng shi,Kong zhi he wen ding,Xiao lü he jiu ye deng nei rong
Highway and byways : studies on reform and post-communist transition by János Kornai( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and Hungarian and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hungarian economist Janos Kornai first used the metaphor of a single path to postsocialist transition in his earlier book, The Road to a Free Economy. The new metaphor that frames this collection of eight recent studies reflects a broader perspective and understanding of the complexities of transition: every highway and byway leads eventually to capitalism, Kornai observes, but to what kind, how fast, and at what cost? Who wins and who loses? Kornai draws from his experiences of Hungarian reform as well as from countries of the former Soviet Union to make several major points. The first three studies describe what went wrong in countries that tried to mix elements of planned and market economies. Efforts made by communist countries to introduce market socialism (the "middle road") contained an inherent contradiction between the logic of socialism and the logic of a free enterprise system, and were doomed to failure
Reforming the state : fiscal and welfare reform in post-socialist countries( Book )

17 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rush versus harmonic growth. Meditation on the theory and on the politics of economic growth by János Kornai( Book )

18 editions published in 1972 in 3 languages and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overcentralization in economic administration : a critical analysis based on experience in Hungarian light industry by János Kornai( Book )

26 editions published between 1959 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Non-price control( Book )

20 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dynamism, rivalry, and the surplus economy : two essays on the nature of capitalism by János Kornai( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Dynamism, Rivalry, and the Surplus Economy, János Kornai examines capitalism as an economic system and in comparison to socialism. Kornai explains his view of capitalism as an economy of surplus--a chronic excess of supply of goods and labor. This environment breeds rivalry among producers, which in turn encourages innovation. Socialism, on the other hand, is defined by a shortage of goods and labor and excess of demand. Whereas socialism is slothful and imitative, capitalism is dynamic and progressive. The two essays of this book will explore these differing ideologies on macro and micro levels, ending with definitive explanations of how the systems work and how they develop."--Publisher's website
Creating social trust in post-socialist transition( Book )

13 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beneficial social and economic exchange relies on a certain level of trust. But trust is a delicate matter, not least in the former socialist countries where illegitimate behaviour by governments made distrust a habit. The chapters in this volume analyze the causes and the effects of the lack of social trust in post socialist countries. The contributions originated in the Collegium Budapest project on Honesty and Trust: Theory and Experience in the Light of the Post Socialist Transition. A second volume entitled, Building a Trustworthy State in Post Socialist Transition, is being published simultaneously. GABRIEL BADESCU Associate Professor of Political Science at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania ILDIK BARNA Research Assistant at E/tv/s Lorand University, Hungary KAREN S. COOK Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology and the Cognizant Dean of the Social Sciences at Stanford University, California, USA GYRGY CSEPELI Professor of Sociology at the E/tv/s University, Hungary ALEXANDRA GERBASI Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, California, USA ALENA V. LEDENEVA Reader in Russian Politics and Society, University College, London, UK ANTAL RKNY Professor of Sociology at
Welfare, choice, and solidarity in transition : reforming the health section in Eastern Europe by János Kornai( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reform of the welfare sector is an important yet difficult challenge for all countries in transition from socialist central planning to market-oriented democracies. Here a scholar of the economics of socialism and post-socialist transition and a health economist take on this challenge. This book offers health sector reform recommendations for ten countries of Eastern Europe, drawn consistently from a set of explicit guiding principles. After discussing sector-specific characteristics, lessons of international experience, and the main set of initial conditions, the authors advocate reforms based on organized public financing for basic care, private financing for supplementary care, pluralistic delivery of services, and managed competition. Policymakers need to achieve a balance, both assuring social solidarity through universal access to basic health services and expanding individual choice and responsibility through voluntary supplemental insurance. The authors also consider the problems that undermine effectiveness of market-based competition in the health sector
Market and socialism : in the light of the experiences of China and Vietnam( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of the most important legacies of the twentieth century is the rise and fall of the socialist economic system. While countries in Central and Eastern Europe have abandoned socialism and embraced market and democracy, two Asian countries - China and Vietnam - appeared to have followed a different path, and both economies are growing fast. Yet, although both China and Vietnam are making a decisive transition to the market economy, they have also insisted on the official ideology of socialism. The reform experiences of these two countries have raised important intellectual questions: are China and Vietnam practicing market socialism? How has the market emerged under the ideology of socialism? What is the meaning of the market in this context? This book brings together a wide range of experts to address these questions by studying some of the fundamental issues surrounding the relationship between the market, property rights, and socialism. With fresh insights into these important and topical issues, this book contributes to an understanding of how the market and socialist ideology coexist in China and Vietnam, while also drawing important conclusions which have implications beyond these regions."--Book cover
From socialism to capitalism : eight essays by János Kornai( Book )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The author has collected here the studies in which he sought to contribute to the theory of the great systems, the political governmental forms, and the change of system. Though he tries to answer the questions he puts to himself, the questions may actually be seen as more important than the responses. What is socialism? What is capitalism? What is democracy? Studying a country at a given moment, how is it possible to decide whether the institutions at work in it resemble those of other countries? How do rhetoric or ideology relate to reality? Which operating characteristics of a country are system-specific and which found under any system?"--Jacket
Institutional change and economic behaviour by International Economic Association( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores institutional change and economic behaviour through examining the transition process in the eight former socialist countries that became members of the EU in 2004. This book also proposes a conceptual framework for analyzing mechanisms of institutional change, and an evolutionary model and agent-based model are developed
Corruption, development and institutional design by International Economic Association( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the end of the Cold War at the end of the twentieth century, the post-socialist transition in Central and Eastern Europe, China and Vietnam, the impressive growth of India, and the rapid spread of globalization, today's world is vastly different from that of two or three decades ago. Many of these changes are closely related to the concerns of economics and, in particular, institutional economics, which has been brought to the forefront due to the analysis of institutions in transition economies, and the realisation of how large a part they play in a successful market economy. With the aim of providing a comprehensive analysis of institutions, and of the global economy more generally, this volume explores systems of institutions, the interactions between institutions, and the effect that corruption can have on them. There is also an examination of the impact of immigration, a look at developments in behavioural economics, and an exploration of the links between democratic progress and economic growth. This volume brings together a wide range of scholars from around the world and provides a comprehensive overview of recent trends in economics, as well as explaining how economics plays a crucial part in understanding and analysing important changes taking place internationally."--Book cover
Kraft des Gedankens ungewöhnliche Erinnerungen an eine intellektuelle Reise by János Kornai( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By force of thought : irregular memoirs of an intellectual journey by János Kornai( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Janos Kornai, a distinguished Hungarian economist, began his adult life as an ardent believer in socialism and then became a critic of the communist political and economic system. He lost family members in the Holocaust, contributed to the ideological preparation for the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and became an influential theorist of the post-Soviet economic transition. He has been a journalist, a researcher prohibited from teaching in his home country, and a tenured professor at Harvard. By Force of Thought traces Kornai's lifelong intellectual journey and offers a subjective complement to his academic research." "Kornai's memoir describes his research - including his present-day evaluation of his past work - as well as the social and political environments in which he did his work. The difficulties faced by a critic of central planning in a communist country are made especially vivid by material from newly opened secret police files and informers' reports on his activities. By Force of Thought will be a resource for students of economic thought, socialist systems, and postsocialist transition, and for readers interested in Eastern European intellectual life before, during, and after communism."--BOOK JACKET
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The road to a free economy : shifting from a socialist system : the example of Hungary
Alternative Names
János Kornai

János Kornai ekonomista węgierski

János Kornai Hongaars econoom

János Kornai Hungarian economist

János Kornai ungarischer Wirtschaftswissenschaftler

János Kornai ungersk ekonom


Keernai, Yanuoshi


Kʿo-erh-nei, Ya-no-shen

Kornai, Ânoš.

Kornai, I︠A︡nosh

Kornai, J.

Kornai, J. 1928-

Kornai, Ja 1928-

Kornai, János

Kornaj, Janoš 1928-

Корнаи, Янош

Корнаи, Янош 1928-

Янош Корнаї

コルナイ, J.

コルナイ, ヤーノシュ



The socialist system : the political economy of communismHighway and byways : studies on reform and post-communist transitionReforming the state : fiscal and welfare reform in post-socialist countriesCreating social trust in post-socialist transitionWelfare, choice, and solidarity in transition : reforming the health section in Eastern EuropeMarket and socialism : in the light of the experiences of China and VietnamFrom socialism to capitalism : eight essaysInstitutional change and economic behaviour