Towards a History of the Theory of Socialist Planning: Volume I
Boettke, Peter J., ed. 2000. Socialism and the Market: The Socialist Calculation Debate Revisited. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-39.
29 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2015
Date Written: June 16, 2015
This set of volumes has two practical purposes. First, to provide scholars with a coherent set of readings which captures all of the main contributions to the debate on socialist planning. Second, to demonstrate through the selection of readings that the theory and history of socialist planning must be studied simultaneously and not separately, if we are to improve our understanding of the history and collapse of socialism in the twentieth century. The purpose of theory is to do history, and history unguided by theory is not possible. All historical accounts are guided by theory, and the question is not theory versus no theory, but articulated versus non-articulated theory. Articulated theory is what is necessary to advance understanding, while non-articulated theory tends to cloud understanding.
Keywords: Socialist Calculation Debate, Austrian Economics, Market Socialism
JEL Classification: B24, B25, B53, P51
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