command economy


Definition of command economy

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

Examples of command economy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new regulations suggest that Chinese leadership in some ways wishes to turn back the clock to a simpler and purer Socialist era, perhaps a more self-reliant one that is more driven by command economy concerns and is less capitalistic. Patrick Frater, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 In economic terms, modern agricultural methods represent a Soviet-style command economy versus the free market economy of natural ecosystems. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The advantages of free markets and the faults of a command economy are clear in hindsight. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The command economy does not work long-term and will not work for agriculture (or us) long-term either. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Five-year plans are a legacy of China's command economy during the Mao era. Nectar Gan, CNN, 25 Dec. 2020 But a better system for stocking the shelves, even in theory, would entail something much more like a command economy of the old Soviet stripe. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Apr. 2020 Without the centralized command economy, many social and health services could no longer run. The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2020 Even at the height of the chiefdoms' power, Raleigh Island was at the very edge of its political reach, so the islanders probably maintained their independence from the pre-Columbian command economy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of command economy

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Command economy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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