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    Charles Bettelheim


    The Transition to
    Socialist Economy

    [ Part 2 -- Chs. 3-6 ]

     

    Translated from the French by
    Brian Pearce






The Harvester Press Limited
© 1975
First published in France as
La transition vers l'économie socialiste
by François Maspero, 1968

 


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@marx2mao.org
  (May 2002)


Contents


[ - Part 2 - ]


Chapter Three   Forms and methods of socialist planning
   and the level of development of the productive forces


 
121

I
 
II


Delimiting the socialist sector from the private sector under the
dictatorship of the proletariat.
The organisation of the socialist sector.


122
124


1
2

Economic laws and socialism.
Property and production-relations.

125
127

III


The organisation of exchange.

130

 
page 7


1
2

Individual production and exchange.
Socialist production and exchange.

130
132

IV


The organisation of distribution.

137


Chapter Four   On some concepts of the transitional economy


143

I
II
III
IV
V
VI


Abstract and concrete.
Marxist analysis and pre-scientific "analysis".
The specificity of Marxist dialectics.
Dialectical synthesis and the factor of practice.
Theory and the contradictions of practice.
Science and ideology.

144
144
145
150
152
154


Chapter Five   Planning and production-relations


163

I
II
III
IV
V
VI


Possibility and reality.
Nationalisation, socialisation and the transitional economy.
The withering-away of the commodity categories.
The prospects of technico-economic integration.
Prices and calculations in labour-time.
Ownership and subordination.

167
169
172
175
177
178


Chapter Six   The problem of prices in the socialist countries
   of Europe (Some reflexions on a recent debate)


184

I
II
III


The price-system in the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1950s.
The initial concerns of the participants in the debate about prices.
The main proposals.

186
188
189


1
2
3
4

Prices based on value.
Prices based on "own costs".
Prices based on "prices of production".
Prices based on "world prices".

190
191
195
201

IV
V
VI
VII
VIII


Combinations of price-systems and "two-channel prices".
Some questions raised by concrete price-fixing.
Some consequences of the discussion about prices.
The problematic of the discussion on prices.
The theory of value and the planning of prices.

202
204
206
208
214


1
2

Value and socially-necessary labour-time.
Price and value.

214
218

IX
X


The specificity of the price problem in the economy of transition
Conclusion.

223
227

Appendix to Chapter Six   Bibliography on the problem of prices in the
   socialist countries of Europe


244