I'm reading Alexei Monroe's Interrogation Machine, about the NSK art group,that included the industrial band Laibach, and I'm a little confused about their description of late '70s, early '80s Yugoslavia as being both decentralized, self-managed, and totalitarian. The decentralized nature of Yugoslav society is emphasized over and over again by Monroe, and although it may not have been perfect, Self-Management was the official doctrine. For a perspective on this I'd like see what folks who lived in Yugoslavia at the time have to say about it, honestly and from all perspectives. Surely it didn't resemble Romania. Here's an excerpt from the Wiki article about the economy of Communist Yugoslavia, emphasizing the impact of Edvard Kardelj:
"In 1970s, the economy was reorganised according to Edvard Kardelj's theory of associated labour, in which the right to decision making and a share in profits of socially owned companies is based on the investment of labour. All companies were transformed into organisations of associated labour. The smallest, basic organisations of associated labour, was roughly corresponded to a small company or a department in a large company. These were organised into enterprises, also known as labour organisations, which in turn associated into composite organisations of associated labour, which could be large companies or even whole industry branches in a certain area. Basic organisations of associated labour sometimes were composed of even smaller labour units, but they had no financial freedom. Also, composite organisations of associated labour were sometimes members of business communities, representing whole industry branches. Most executive decision making was based in enterprises, so that these continued to compete to an extent even when they were part of a same composite organisation. The appointment of managers and strategic policy of composite organisations were, depending on their size and importance, in practice often subject to political and personal influence-peddling."
That sounds really good to me, far from the one person dictatorship and planned to the individual bolt economy usually associated with Stalinism.