chapter  10
19 Pages

Politics, the Economy, and Society: How They Interrelate

WithAndrzej Rychard

This chapter demonstrates the relationship between the system for exercising power and the economic system and the effect of this relationship on the social structure and the main lines of division in society. However, an economy must at the same time satisfy the economic needs of society. The assumption about a plurality of interests in a Communist society makes it imperative to acknowledge that the interests within the political and the economic system are independent of one another. Economic decisions are largely determined by political considerations. In turn, many political decisions and their economic consequences affect the shape of the social structure. If the Polish situation were to be described in such terms, it is easy to notice that the class boundary would run across the economic system rather than between the political and the economic system, as is usually assumed in interest group theories.