command economy

noun

Definition of command economy

: an economic system in which activity is controlled by a central authority and the means of production are publicly owned

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Raul Castro carried on the tradition with a decade of reform that promoted decentralization while retaining control of the command economy. Mac Margolis, chicagotribune.com, "New U.S. sanctions on Cuba have a silver lining," 20 Aug. 2019 Centrally planned command economies failed spectacularly, revealing that communists had no economic solution to the modern riddles of injustice and inequality, and were, furthermore, devastatingly blind to their own environmental depredations. Pankaj Mishra, Twin Cities, "Pankaj Mishra: Putin’s wrong, but so are liberals," 11 July 2019 As part of a legacy left by the Soviet Union’s command economy, the cotton harvest remains a defining feature of life for many Uzbeks. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Aims to End Forced Labor in Cotton Fields," 17 Dec. 2018 Cuba's constitutional reform is expected to encompass a wide range of modernizing changes to the country's 1976 constitution, which was designed for a Soviet-style command economy. NBC News, "Raul Castro's daughter to push for gay marriage in Cuba," 7 May 2018 On the other side of the ledger, Cuba’s Soviet-style command economy still employs three of every four Cuban workers but produces little. Washington Post, "Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems," 16 Apr. 2018 On the other side of the ledger, Cuba's Soviet-style command economy still employs three of every four Cuban workers but produces little. Michael Weissenstein And Andrea Rodriguez, Fox News, "Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems," 16 Apr. 2018 Overall, the restructuring aims to reverse a trend started four decades ago when Beijing started free-market reforms to invigorate the sluggish command economy. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Unveils Overhaul of Government Bureaucracy," 13 Mar. 2018 While this news item may be the most over-the-top beer promotion ever, North Korea is not the only authoritarian regime to incorporate beer brewing into a command economy. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "North Korea announces state-brewed wheat beer," 8 Feb. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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