Posts Tagged ‘planning’

Almost two years ago, I told myself (and the world) that I needed to find a copy of Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty. But I, uh, forgot.

Now, of course, the folks at Crooked Timber are hosting a symposium on Spufford’s novel, and the first four responses—by Kim Stanley Robinson, Antoaneta Dimitrova, George Scialabba, and Cosma Shalizi—have  been published.

Which means I need to find the time to order and read the book, and then to read the symposium on the book. And I’m already late. . .

Delusions of grandeur

Posted: 31 August 2010 in Uncategorized
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Bloggers are enjoying themselves ridiculing South Sudan’s plans to rebuild its city centers from scratch—in the shape of safari animals.

As well they should! These are crazy schemes, fueled by oil revenues and delusions of grandeur.

But just as delusional is the attack on “constructivism and the demeaning character of collectivism,” and the glorification of so-called bottom-up, market-based approaches. This is what such no-planning has produced in Juba and Wau:

The problem is not central planning versus markets. It’s the set of economic and social forces that produced both the current urban disasters and the zoological plans for the future.

Planning red plenty

Posted: 29 July 2010 in Uncategorized
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I’ll have to find a copy of Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty, since the focus was the subject of my doctoral dissertation (“Optimal Planning Theory and Theories of Socialist Planning” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst) and, in chapters 2 and 3 of Development and Globalization, I develop a critique of the mathematical models and social consequences of optimal planning theory.

I just found out the book is scheduled to be published in September, in both hardback and paper. Here’s the link to the page (which includes a summary, endorsements, and a list of chapters) on the Routledge web site.

The new book, Rethinking Planning, Development, and Globalization: Essays in Marxian Class Analysis, is finally done and off to the publisher.

The cover illustration, by Mercamutanterio, is above. Here’s the table of contents:

Foreword by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff


1 Rethinking Planning, Development, and Globalization  from a Marxian Perspective [here is the pre-publication version: pdf]


2 Essentialism and Socialist Economic Planning: A Methodological Critique of Optimal Planning Theory

3 Planning and Class in Transitional Societies

4 The State and Planning in Nicaragua

5 Nicaragua: The State, Class, and Transition


6 Radical Theories of Development: Frank, the Modes of Production School, and Amin

7 The Costs of Austerity in Nicaragua: The Worker-Peasant Alliance, 1979-1987

8 When Failure Becomes Success: Class and the Debate over Stabilization and Adjustment

9 Power and Class: The Contribution of Radical Approaches to Debt and Development

10 Capitalism and Industrialization in the Third World: Recognizing the Costs and Imagining Alternatives

11 “After” Development: Reimagining Economy and Class

12 Reading Harold: Class Analysis, Capital Accumulation, and the Role of the Intellectual


13 Fordism on a World Scale: International Dimensions of Regulation

14 Class Beyond the Nation-State

15 Global Fragments: Subjectivity and Class Politics in Discourses of Globalization

16 Globalization and Imperialism