Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Swedish Economists in the 1930s Debate on Economic Planning

Authors: Carlson, Benny

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  • Surveys the debate on economic planning among Swedish economists in the 1930s
  • Summarises the international debate on economic planning, with figures such as Mises and Hayek
  • Explores reasons behind a new era of populism, nationalism, protectionism and planning
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The 1930s, characterised by repercussions from World War I and the Great Depression, was an era of populism, nationalism, protectionism, government intervention and attempts to create planned economies. The perceived need for economic planning emerged in Sweden in part due to the increasing political strength of the Social Democrats and their evolution from a party hampered by Marxist fatalism to a pragmatic mass movement. The Swedish debate continued beyond World War II and is still relevant to today’s economic crises, which have resulted in a demand for action coming from below (populism) and above (elitism).

Carlson surveys the arguments for and against economic planning as they were put forward by leading Swedish economists in the 1930s, with a focus on the thoughts of Gustav Cassel, Eli Heckscher, Gösta Bagge, Gunnar Myrdal and Bertil Ohlin, among others. In so doing he provides a timely exploration of the debate on the necessary and desirable extent of state intervention in market economies.



About the authors

Benny Carlson is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economic History, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden. Carlson first completed a degree in journalism and worked for 10 years at a local newspaper before studying economics. He has authored or co-authored 20 books and over 100 minor publications and articles in Swedish and international scholarly journals.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Swedish Economists in the 1930s Debate on Economic Planning
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03700-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03700-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03699-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 166
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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