A note on the notes Introduction: Socialism - Why? Part 1: The Legacy of Marx Part 2: Socialism and the Soviet Experience Part 3: Reform Models: Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, China Part 4: Transition Part 5: Feasible Socialism Conclusion Appendix 1: On Contradiction Appendix 2: Two Critiques Appendix 3: A Note on Utopia Index.
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The Economics of Feasible Socialism is a path-breaking book. Characteristically readable, controversial and full of insights, Nove identifies a workable socialist programme, achievable in the lifetime of a child born today, that avoids far-fetched or utopian assumptions. It has been immensely influential in the West, and is available in translation in China, Hungary and the Soviet Union. Alec Nove begins by demonstrating why Marx's theories provide a misleading guide to the issues facing economists under any realistically conceivable socialism. He goes on to discuss the problems experinced by communist-ruled countries, especially the Soviet Union, and to suggest possible remedies and solutions. Nove also examines problems of transition, in the context of Western industrialised countries and the Third World. He concludes by outlining a possible efficienct and human socialism, and examines objections to these ideas from the Left and the Right. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
History, hierarchy and nationalities.--Russia as an emergent country.--A note on Trotsky and the "Left" opposition, 1929-31.--Lenin as economist.--Some observations on Bukharin and his ideas.--Planners' preferences, priorities and reforms.--"Market socialism" and its critics.--Some developments in East European economic thought.--The politics of economic reform.--Can Eastern Europe feed itself?--Inflation in Communist countries.--Is there a ruling class in the USSR?--Some observations in criteria for the study of the Soviet Union.
Introduction, Naum Jasny, by A. Nove.--Priorities and shortfalls in pre-war Soviet planning, by H. Hunter.--Plans to urbanize the countryside, 1950-61, by L. Richter.--The role of the state bank in Soviet planning, by G. Garvy.--The theory of international comparisons of economic volume, by P. Wiles.--Soviet planners in 1936-37, by J. Miller.--Welfare criteria in Soviet planning, by M. C. Kaser.--Development aid for development's sake, by W. Klatt.--Towards a theory of planning, by A. Nove.--Some statistical comparisons, by C. Clark.--Naum Jasny at eighty, by J. H. Richter.--Bibliography of the principal works of Naum Jasny (p.221-224)