This volume compares the planning of economic conditions under the very different political systems of Soviet Russia, Fascist Germany and Italy and Democratic America, with some discussion of partial economic planning in Great Britain. It includes a broad survey of the successive phases of the Five Year Plans in the Soviet Union, the "New Deal" in the United States, and the diversion of the German economic activity to war preparation under the Nazi Four Year Plan. The author discusses the essential conditions for successful economic planning.
Table of Contents
1. The Essentials of Planning 2. Socialist Planning – the USSR 3. Fascist "Planning" – Germany and Italy 4. American "Planning" – the New Deal 5. Capitalist "Planning" in Great Britain 6. Conclusion
In 1941 Professor G.H.D. Cole was appointed sub-warden of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was central to the establishment of the Nuffield College Social Reconstruction Survey, which collected a large amount of demographic, economic, and social data. This information was used to advocate for an extensive programme of social reform.