Preferential Policies: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell

By Thomas Sowell

During this cogent, the most important, and extremely important e-book, economist Thomas Sowell examines on a world scale the preferential regulations of governments as varied as these of India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Israel, Malaysia, Nigeria, and the us. by means of substituting truth for rhetoric, Sowell makes a useful contribution to our seeing the realm because it rather is.

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61 By the 1970s at the latest, it had become more Economic Politics and Company Culture 41 important (or practical) to uphold cordial relations with colleagues and avoid confrontations than to work effectively. 62 The strong focus on personal interests affected East German society most severely. It undermined the desired sense of collectiveness by concentrating concern on the individual, not the group any more. Individualization, however, does not entail autonomy, emancipation, or limitless self-realization but a combination of self-determination and dependency on existing conditions.

Possibly, it had Economic Politics and Company Culture 39 become clear that no improvements were to be expected from their involvement. Most works directors and their management teams were glad to officially fulfil the plan. 57 Any detailed attention could have been disastrous in this extremely precarious situation, in spite of officially fulfilled plans. There were two sides to routinization: outward calm and inner chaos. Neither one on its own, but the combination of both aspects, undermined morale in the long term.

From the late 1960s onwards, the VVBs lost their influence and large factories were subordinated directly to their relevant ministry. Within every factory, the party secretary of the SED also had an impact on decisions and in many cases this was not restricted to political issues. Also, the works director was in a position in which one of his main tasks was to negotiate between his employees and central institutions. Administrative staff, economic functionaries, trade union functionaries and functionaries representing other mass organizations such as the FDJ – all these people and groups contributed to this exchange and shaped the dialogue with central institutions.

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