Soviet Economic Thought and Political Power in the USSR examines the evolution of economic theory in the Soviet Union from uniformity under Josef Stalin to diversity in the post-Stalin period. The reasons for uniformity and diversity in Soviet economics are analyzed, along with the structure of this diversity, the paradoxes in its development, and the conditions under which it will continue. The connection between leaders of Soviet economics and the Communist Party rulers is also discussed. Emphasis is placed on one of the principal trends in Soviet economics in the post-Stalin period: mathematical economics.
This book is comprised of six chapters and begins with a discussion on the development of the economic-mathematical trend in the USSR. The social environment in the Soviet Union is examined in macro terms, along with the role of various mutations among the economists and the institutionalization of such mutations, especially in the framework of the existing research institutes and universities. The book also considers the attitudes of various factions of economists such as reactionaries, conservatives, and modernizers toward the question of the limitation of the leaders' power and toward some areas of economics, such as problems of mathematical modeling and institutional economics, and toward the Marxist ideology. The final chapter highlights the confusing struggle among the various trends in Soviet economics and the ways in which this struggle is supported by the country's political leaders.
This monograph will be of interest to economists, political scientists, politicians, and economic policymakers.
Chapter 1 Ideology, Pragmatism, and the Development of Mathematical Economics in the USSR
Chapter 2 The People Who Began the Economic-Mathematical Movement
Chapter 3 Centers of the Economic-Mathematical School: Research Institutes
Chapter 4 Centers of the Economic-Mathematical Higher Education Institutes
Chapter 5 The Main Center for Economic-Mathematical Research: The Central Economic-Mathematical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences (TSEMI)
Chapter 6 Four Circles of Hell
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- 1st January 1980
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