First published in 1986, this text brings together a selection of papers written by the great Alec Nove on development economics, Marxist economies, the Soviet economy, and Law and Politics in the Soviet Union. Reflecting the varied and diverse interests of its distinguished author, the topics range from Soviet Constitutional Law, to Trotsky’s view of Collectivization; from a critique of conventional micro-economics, to the economic disaster of the Allende regime in Chile.
The author’s long-standing immersion in the past and present of the Soviet Union helps to provide the unique insights into the workings of Socialist economies characteristic of Professor Nove’s previous work. This volume should be essential reading for anyone interested in development economics, socialist economies, or the problems facing contemporary Soviet economic reformers.
Part 1: Development 1. The political Economy of the Allende Regime 2. The Explosive Model 3. The Poverty of Micro-Economics: An Essay on the Relationship of Theory and Policy Part 2: Problems of Marxist and Soviet Economics 4. Marx, the Market and ‘Feasible Socialism’ 5. The Economy of the USSR and Marxism: What Socialist Model? 6. Trotsky, Collectivization and the Five-Year Plan 7. Soviet Economics and Soviet Economists: Some Random Observations Part 3: The Contemporary Soviet Economy 8. The Soviet Economy: Problems and Prospects 9. Soviet Agriculture in the 1980s 10. The Soviet Industrial Enterprise 11. The Economic problems of Brezhnev’s Successors Part 4: Politics and Law 12. Some Aspects of Soviet Constitutional Theory 13. The Class Nature of the Soviet Union Revisited