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Economic Theory and Market Socialism

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Economic Theory and Market Socialism

Selected Essays of Oskar Lange

9781852787073 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Tadeusz Kowalik, Instytut Nauk Ekonomicznych PAN, Warsaw, Poland
Publication Date: 1994 ISBN: 978 1 85278 707 3 Extent: 400 pp
Oskar Lange was one of the few economists able to observe first hand the three major economic systems that have been the hallmark of the 20th century. He learned about the economic backwardness of peripheral capitalism in pre-war Poland. Later he spent more than twelve years in the bastion of modern capitalism, the United States. After returning to Poland in 1948 he linked his fate to the creation and then reform of the Communist system.

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Oskar Lange was one of the few economists able to observe first hand the three major economic systems that have been the hallmark of the 20th century. He learned about the economic backwardness of peripheral capitalism in pre-war Poland. Later he spent more than twelve years in the bastion of modern capitalism, the United States. After returning to Poland in 1948 he linked his fate to the creation and then reform of the Communist system.

This important collection of Professor Lange’s work, prepared by his disciple and close friend Tadeusz Kowalik, presents his most important work on the economic theory of socialism, economic planning, Marxism and ‘bourgeois’ economics. The volume makes an important contribution by improving access to the papers of an economist whose work was at the very heart of the intellectual conflict between socialism and capitalism in the late twentieth century.
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‘Lange’s essays varied, occasionally self-contradictory but highly stimulating. They can be recommended for dipping in and out, as well as for sustained reading.’
– Martin Cave, The Manchester School

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