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command economy

Definition of Command Economy

(noun) An economic system in which most goods and services are primarily produced, distributed, and exchanged through a central authority such as a government and not subject to the laws of supply and demand.

Example of Command Economy

  • North Korea

Command Economy Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: com·mand e·con·o·my

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kuh-mAnd i-kAHn-uh-mee/
  • British English – /kuh-mAHnd i-kOn-uh-mee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /kəˈmænd ɪˈkɑnəmi/
  • British English – /kəˈmɑːnd i(ː)ˈkɒnəmi/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: command economies
  • The opposite of a command economy is a market economy and the combination of the two is a mixed economy.
  • Also called:
    • controlled economy
    • planned economy

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Command Economy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “command economy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/command-economy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

command economy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/command-economy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “command economy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/command-economy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“command economy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/command-economy/>.