[OPE] Charles Bettelheim’s contribution. Is there one?

From: Alejandro Agafonow (alejandro_agafonow@yahoo.es)
Date: Wed Jun 25 2008 - 08:13:06 EDT

Which was the contribution of Charles Bettelheim?
Concerning socialist economic calculation, I think that Bettelheim’s considerations did not go far from what Karl Kautsky (1902) and Otto Bauer (1919) attained.
It is pretty much astonished since his Calcul économique et formes de propriété was published on 1970!
Of course, he is the exponent of the functioning of the law of value in a transition economy par excellence -a Marxist controversy. But the former book seemed to announce something more.
It was a little bit disappointing to see that he considered socialist economic calculation without any reference to Austro-liberals or Market Socialist, confining to the Marxist controversy. He only briefly cited Pareto and Barone in a footnote and without extracting relevant conclusions for the problem.
What do you think?
Kind regards,
A. Agafonow

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