The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism: the Formative Years, 1918-1928

Authors: Boettke, Peter

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This book presents a narrative of one of the more interesting utopian experiments in comparative political and economic history: the first decade of the Soviet experience with socialism (1918-1928). Though historical and textual analysis, the book’s goal is to render this experience intelligible, to get at the meaning of the Soviet experience with socialism for comparative political economy today. The book examines the texts of Lenin, Bukharin, and other revolutionaries, as well as the interpretations of contemporary historians of the revolution and the writings of more recent interpreters of Soviet political and economic history.

Arguing that the first three years of the Bolshevik regime (1918-1921) constitute an attempt to carry out the Marxian ideal of comprehensive central planning, and that the disastrous results, which all commentators agree occurred, were the inevitable outcome of this Marxian ideal coming into conflict with the economic reality of the coordination problem that all economic systems face, the book draws clear conclusions and elucidates the air of mystery that often surrounds the subject.  Offering a radical challenge to contemporary comparative political economy at the level of high theory, applied research, and public policy, this book is appropriate for students and scholars interested in Marxism, economic history, political economy, and Austrian economics.

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Peter Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU. In addition to his academic positions, he is also Vice President for Research at Mercatus Center and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Until 2007, Boettke held the position of Director of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. program in economics at George Mason. He serves as editor of George Mason University's Review of Austrian Economics and is President of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Boettke, Peter J.

    Pages 1-10

  • The Meaning of the First Decade of Soviet Socialism

    Boettke, Peter J.

    Pages 11-61

  • The Political Economy of Utopia: Communism in Soviet Russia, 1918–1921

    Boettke, Peter J.

    Pages 63-111

  • The Political Economy of NEP: Market Relations and Interventionism in Soviet Russia, 1921–1928

    Boettke, Peter J.

    Pages 113-146

  • The Political Economy of Development Strategy: The Soviet Industrialization Debate, 1924–28

    Boettke, Peter J.

    Pages 147-191

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism: the Formative Years, 1918-1928
Authors
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-3433-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-3433-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-9100-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5787-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 246
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