Gorbachev’s Economic Reforms
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The immediate goals of economic recovery is to achieve a rate of economic growth that makes it possible to simultaneously expand investments, meet military needs, and provide for adequate consumption. Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev's critique of the Soviet economic system showed a debt to expert analysis already developed by the early 1960's. Gorbachev began his reform program with a series of sociopolitical measures that include: an antialcoholism drive, glasnost', democratization, new legislative curbs on "unearned income", and the rechanneling of investments from construction to retooling aimed at increasing productivity. The basic principles of reform included only one that the Central Committee deemed ready for legislation, and that was the establishment of enterprise autonomy. Ideally the economic reconstruction will enable the Soviets to realize the potential superiority of Soviet socialism. Centrally, the Party's concept of its own mission and the present activist basis of its legitimacy and power appear to contradict principles of autonomy underlying the vision of full-fledged reform.