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By Force of Thought
Author: Janos Kornai

ISBN: 9780262612241
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 16 September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 17.78 x 2.54
Description:
Winner, 2007 AAASS Ed A. Hewett Book Prize given by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) Janos Kornai, a distinguished Hungarian economist, began his adult life as an ardent believer in socialism and then became a critic of the communist political and economic system. He lost family members in the Holocaust, contributed to the ideological preparation for the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and became an influential theorist of the post-Soviet economic transition. He has been a journalist, a researcher prohibited from teaching in his home country, and a tenured professor at Harvard. "By Force of Thought" traces Kornai's lifelong intellectual journey and offers a subjective complement to his academic research. Disenchanted with communism, Kornai published "Overcentralization" (1956), the first book written by someone living behind the Iron Curtain to be openly critical of Soviet-style economics. Although it was attacked in Hungary, it was hailed by Western economists. The Kornai-Liptak theory on two-level planning captured the attention of mathematical economists. Kornai went on to publish the controversial "Anti-Equil...

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