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... Economic planning

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: A.A. Knopf (1935)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000856MNG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,217,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the perfect alternative and antidote to popular free market affirming books like Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything from a genuinely "rogue" (or at least socialist) economist.

The book has a great index, contents and preface, the contents breakdown as follows:- Why do we need a plan?; The resources of production; Production and distribution in a "free market"; Critique of a planless economy; Planned capitalism; The planning of capitalist industry and agriculture; Fascist "planning"-Germany and Italy; American "planning"-The New Deal; Socialist Planning in the USSR; Principles of planning-Home Production and Foreign Trade; Capitalist restriction and state control-Planned money under capitalism; Planned distribution of incomes and production; Machinery of International Trade; The Machinery of National Planning; Planned Economy and Workers' Control; A Forecast of planned industry; Conclusion; Statistical Appendix.

This is a much better piece of work than Cole's earlier Introduction to Economic History, 1750-1950 and while it has aged in some ways it stands up well in comparison to some of the more popular economics reads which are on offer at the moment.

As always Cole's socialist ideology is present, although it is present here in perhaps its most refined, chastened and sober incarnation.
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