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"This is profitable for all": Agrarian Economists and the Soviet Plan-Market Debate in the Post-Stalinist Period

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The paper discusses the intellectual roots and development of market-oriented agrarian economics in the USSR in the post-Stalinist period. The author argues that the rehabilitation of the law of value and commodity-money relations in the 1950s influenced the formation of a group of agrarian economists at the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences. During the "plan-market debate" in the mid-1960s, these economists became public intellectuals and managed to use central Party newspapers as their rostrum. Despite being 'defeated' by administrative power, their economic agenda resurfaced during Perestroika. The author also analyses the writings of conservative economists explaining the intellectual reasons for their strong support for central planning.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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