National Economic Councils Abroad

Archive Report

Challenge of Soviet Five-Year Plan to Captilist Nations

State Planning System of the Soviet Union

Proposals of a national economic plan for the United States and of some agency, such as a peace industries board or an advisory council, to devise an American plan and supervise its development, direct attention to the fact that several European countries have already created national economic councils. Most conspicuous among these is the State Planning Commission (“Gosplan”) in the Soviet Union, whose achievements in the socialization and mechanization of industry and agriculture have astonished the western world. Preoccupation with the Russian experiment has tended to eclipse interest in the less striking but significant innovations in Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Great Britain, and other capitalist countries.

Collective planning by the western nations ...

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