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

Date: Wed Jun 25 2008 - 09:00:45 EDT

> Charles Bettelheim’s contribution. Is there one?>  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!
Hi Alejandro:
There were many contributions of Bettelheim, but they are
not to be found only in one book. He published a book on the
Soviet economy as far back as 1945. He also wrote many works
on planning long before his book on economic calculation.
Most of these have still not been translated into English. 
A couple of early (and fairly conventional) books on planning 
which were published in English include _Studies in the Theory
of Planning_ (Asia Publishing House, 1959) and _Some Basic 
Planning Problems_ (Asia Publishing House and Statistical
Publishing Society, 1960).  His _Transition to the Socialist
Economy_ (Harvester Press, 1975; originally published in French in 
1968) is available on the Internet. In any event, if you want to 
understand his perspective better, you are probably better off 
looking at his multi-volume _Class Struggles in the USSR_ and 
his writings on the Chinese economy.
in solidarity, Jerry


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