Levine, Rhonda F.; Murray, Martin J.; Truchil, Barry E.
March 1979
Journal of Political & Military Sociology;Spring79, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
This paper examines the strategies of capitalist state economic planning as they were applied by the principal capitalist state machineries of western Europe during the 1950s and 1960s. It also examines the structural and ideological obstacles to the implementation of planning procedures in the United States. Primarily a defensive strategy to recover the competitiveness of "national" firms in the world economy, state planning in its indicative form requires a coordinated administrative machinery of government, a dedicated and efficient civil service, a workable "incomes policy," and a certain degree of ideological unity within the capitalist class. These conditions are only partially met in the U.S. A discussion of the debates during the New Deal economic policies and over the recent Humphrey-Hawkins Bill is used to illustrate the obstacles to planning in the United States. Finally, specific obstacles to state planning in the U.S. are delineated.


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